MPD-5D Graffiti Arrest Members of the KGB Crew

MPD 5th District Commander Andy Solberg announced this weekend on the 5th District Listserv major arrests of the “KGB Crew” / “Krazy Graf Brothers graffiti crew.

To all,

On Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, members of the Fifth District’s Vice Office made four arrests, and a fifth arrest was made by members of the Fourth District on a 5D warrant, of members associated with the “KGB Crew”. The KGB Crew, “Krazy Graf Brothers”, is a group of people we believe are responsible for “tagging” buildings, warehouses, shops and businesses, railroad tunnels, and even schools and houses of worship throughout the Fifth District and the city with their graffiti.

The 5D Vice Office also served three search warrants on locations related to this investigation, and these led to the recovery of one handgun, drugs and drug paraphernalia, and of course, dozens of cans of aerosol spray paint.

Among other “tags”, we believe the KGB Crew is responsible for such tags as “Che”, “Aera”, “KAE”, “Huf”, “Gator” and the related “G8R”, and other tags and graffiti. No doubt many of you have seen these tags across the 5D community.

As we move forward with prosecution, we want to get the community involved with putting an end to this.

With the assistance of DPW’s Graffiti Abatement Team, we ask that anyone who sees any graffiti anywhere in 5D call the Graffiti Abatement Team at 645-5392, and ask for their assistance with cleaning up the graffiti. You can also access information about DPW’s Litter and Graffiti Prevention program, which began in 2008, through their website at As the website states, “Graffiti tarnishes the appearance of our neighborhoods. Gang-related graffiti threaten violence or identify turf boundaries.”

Thank you for your assistance with this.

Andy Solberg

Folks riding the Red Line may recognize some of the KGB Crews tag. Also In 2009 some of the Mcmillan Sand Filtration Plant’s silos were vandalized and tagged including “KGB” and “Che”.

ALL Therapy & We Care Physicals Community Day

ALL Therapy & We Care Physicals are presenting a Community Day with a DJ and moon bounce this Saturday September 10th from 10-2pm at the Northeast Medical Building Parking Lot located at the corner of 12th and Franklin St. NE.

FREE & Open to the Public

Come out to join your neighbors & businesses for Food, Fun & Entertainment!!!

When: Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Where: Northeast Medical Building Parking Lot, corner of 12th and Franklin St. NE
Time: 10am-2pm

Northeast Medical Building Parking Lot

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association September Meeting

The September meeting of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association will be next Tuesday September, 13th at 7pm. The meeting will be held at HSC Pediatric Center (formerly the “Hospital for Sick Children”) located at 1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE.

The Agenda for the September 13th BNCA meeting includes:

  • Members Vote on Proposed Colonel Brooks C-2-B Zoning Change
  • Discussion of Catholic University of America Campus Plan Changes
  • Other Community News and Announcements
When: Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Where: HSC Pediatric Center (formerly the “Hospital for Sick Children”) located at 1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE
Time: 7 pm

HSC Pediatric Center

Brookland Community Happy Hour Tomorrow @ Optimism

The second Brookland Community Happy Hour organized by Jennifer Parker will be held Thursday September 5th at Optimism on 12th and Kearney Street in Brookland. Optimism was formerly Bobby’s Q and Nate’s Comfort Zone.

It’s that time again….round two! We had such a great time earlier this month, that we are going to repeat it each month.

Come out and enjoy getting to know your neighbors. We had 42 people last time and good times were had by all! This is totally casual and come/go as you please.


(Used to be Bobby Q’s)

3301 12th St NE
(at corner of N Kearney St)

September 8, 2011

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Drink Specials

Free Wings

Karaoke Night – Should be fun

Open to all neighbors!!

If you can make it be sure to RSVP

When: Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Where: Optimism, 3301 12th Street NE, DC
Time: 6pm-8pm


Washington Post Night Lives: Focus on Brookland Photographer

The Night Lives a series by the Washington Post which focuses on
Nocturnal Personalities During a DC summer features a Brookland Night Photographer this week.

John Johnson photographs the stirrings and sunrises of the District’s Brookland is an interesting look into Brookland in the early morning hours. John gets started early even before the joggers and metro drivers are up and about, and he captures neighborhood vignettes that many would overlook.

John Johnson, 22, takes photos before dawn in his Brookland neighborhood once or twice a week. He likes to document the empty streets and things that go unnoticed when people are sleeping.


For three years now, at least once a week, John has ventured into Brookland during what he calls the most captivating, least viewed hours of the day to indulge his passion for photography. He started his hobby after taking a course in an after-school program. Now that he works a dishwashing job — which, on the weekends, lets him out just before sunrise — John has become especially acquainted with the dying night around Brookland.

John uses a point and shoot camera and according to the article has over 800 photos stored on his computer and is working with his brother on a booklet called “Photos and Verses: Stop and Look.”

The video and article by Dan Zak gives an interesting look into a local photographer capturing Brookland’s quiet beauty during the early morning hours.