Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Two Arrests Made - One Great Cop

Just before midnight, Lt. Mike Smith was heading home for the evening. He decided to drive down N Street, and in doing so, he decided to watch the activity at the BP gas station (13th & N).

An aggressive pan-handler threatened to harm a pedestrian who refused to give him money. Lt. Smith immediately arrested the pan-handler. After a search, a gun was found.

Across the street, right at the corner of 13th & N Streets, a car was parked illegally. Inside the car, was another man. Lt. Smith approached the illegally parked car, and asked the man for identification. As it turns out, the man has a warrant in his name for a robbery committed recently in our neighborhood.

Both men are now in custody.

Three cheers for Lt. Smith - a real life superhero!


Anonymous said...

Outstanding Job Office Smith!

Resident of 1207 N St. said...

I agree that Lt. Smith did an outstanding job last night.

Now when are the owners/operators of the BP gas station going to do ANYTHING to curb the aggressive panhandling and criminal activity in and around the gas station?

This gas station and its environs seems to be a favorite gathering/ loitering/perpetrating location for all types of criminals - drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, muggers, and who knows what else?

Jennifer T said...

Thanks as always Lt. Smith! I also wanted to mention that last night around midnight there were two suspicous cars in the alley behind Mr. Wash. I called 311 and within less than a minute, MPD responded. Turned out to be nothing, but thanks to MPD for responding so quickly.

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if it is possible to contact the BP corporate office and complain about the fact that their 13th & N franchisee does nothing about the crime rampant in his station...

Logan Circle News said...

Re: Contacting BP Corporate

In September, ANC2F adopted a resolution addressing some of these issues at BP. A letter was sent from ANC2F to the owners of BP requesting their assistance in these matters. A copy of the resolution can be found here:

If you would like a copy of the letter sent to BP, please email

Resident of 1207 N St. said...

I saw the letter and thought it was very well-written.

Did BP respond? Are there any plans to send a follow-up letter? Perhaps threatening BP with legal action (i.e., having a court declare the gas station to be a public nuisance and shutting it down) if they remain unresponsive?

Thanks for any info you might have.