August Homicides Drop from July

The homicide count for August decreased from the count in July, however the total number of deaths is still nearly 9 percent higher than this same time period last year.

D.C. Witness data shows that there have been 18 homicides in August, a 42 percent decrease from the 31 homicides reported in July. The most homicides occurred in Northeast, DC, specifically in Ward 5 during the month.

D.C. Witness calculated that Ward 5 had 28 percent of the city’s total homicides in August.

Ward 8, an area that is notoriously known to harbor the city’s largest homicide count, only accounted for three deaths in August.

Fourteen of the 18 homicides resulted from shootings. There were also three stabbings and one vehicular homicide.

The average age of the victims in August was 28 years old.

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the vehicular homicide and two stabbing deaths. The suspects include:

  • Tyrone Maurice Hector was arrested on Aug. 28. Hector, 52, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly driving in the wrong direction down 11 Street, NE when he collided with a scooter at the intersection of 11 Street and Constitution Avenue, NE earlier that day. Police have not released the identity of the victim as of Sept. 4.
  • Jaamil Hipps, 43, was arrested on Aug. 19 for allegedly stabbing for allegedly stabbing Sa’id Grey on Aug. 12 1300 block of Missouri Avenue, NW. Grey,40, who suffered from multiple stab wounds to his hand, upper back, and abdomen died at the scene. According to the Autopsy report, Grey’s body showed signs that he fought against his attacker.
  • Cory Lavene Brown was arrested on Aug. 8 for allegedly stabbed 40-year-old Latasha Estep, his girlfriend, earlier that day inside an apartment on the 1900 block of Good Hope Road, SE. Brown, 39, is pending a grand jury.

Officers are looking for 17-year-old Dreaun Young for his alleged connection to the shooting of 26-year-old Michael Brittingham on the
600 block of 46th Place, SE on Aug. 6.