Thursday, October 11, 2012

Public Safety Update

The following is a message from 2nd District Police Commander David Falcinelli.  The 2nd District covers Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, and North Bethesda.
Based on some recent activity, I wanted to provide a quick crime update to let you know your 2nd District officers are hard at work making some good arrests.
As you have seen in the news and heard on the list serves, there have been a few assaults/robberies in the tunnel of the Capital Crescent Trail in the last several months. My detectives have been working long hours on these cases and have arrested several juvenile male suspects. At this time, I believe that those responsible for all the events in the tunnel have been charged. Despite the arrests, the 2nd District has partnered with the part-time officers working in the Town of Chevy Chase and the Bethesda Urban Partnership to provide an aggressive evening patrol of the tunnel and the trail, and you have probably already seen them if you have been on the trail at night recently.
Yesterday, many of you in the Sangamore Rd. neighborhoods may have seen a large gathering of police tactical vehicles in the shopping center. Early yesterday morning, we were notified byPrince George’s County police of a non-custodial parent child abduction where the suspect was armed and had ties to an address in our area. Erring on the side of caution, several of our tactical officers were deployed to check the residence. The suspect was not present, but was arrested later in the day in Prince Georges County.
In my last update, I mentioned the importance of calling the police immediately upon observing a suspicious situation. Recently, our officers working the overnight shift received calls on two separate nights from residents that observed suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. In both cases, officers responded and made arrests of suspects that were stealing from cars. These arrests would not have happened if you did not make the call – THANK YOU FOR THE ASSIST!!
Last but not least – the September crime stats look promising. Residential burglaries are down 40% from the same time last year, commercial burglaries are down 32%, theft from autos are down 9% and stolen cars are down 41%. Robberies are still up by 9%, but these cases continue to be a priority and our detectives continue to make arrests and have closed out many of these events.
Thank you for working with the police and your community leaders to keep our streets as safe and crime free as possible.
Captain Dave Falcinelli
Commander – 2nd District