Local digest: Slain D.C. man identified; 9:30 Club worker’s death ruled suicide; bike thefts

September 5, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Police identify man slain in Southwest

District police have identified a 28-year-old man who was fatally shot Wednesday night in the alley of a Southwest Washington public housing complex. A girl also was wounded, according to police.

Donald Ray Brown of Northeast was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Third Street SW, in the Greenleaf Gardens development.

Police said they were first dispatched to the 300 block of K Street SW but were then directed to an alley a block away on Third Street. Police said they found Brown unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds. Police said the girl was shot in the hand and was treated and released from a hospital.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Recovered body may be drowning victim

Montgomery County authorities think they have recovered the body of a 22-year-old man who fell in the Potomac River on Labor Day and drowned, officials said.

Police and fire crews were called to the 10800 block of Macarthur Boulevard about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and they recovered the body near the Maryland Chute portion of the river, officials said.

On Monday, the man lost his footing while wading in the water near the Great Falls overlook and was swept away by the current. Rescue and recovery crews searched for the man for hours on Monday and Tuesday but were unsuccessful in finding him.

Police said they think the body is the missing man’s but continue to investigate. The man’s name has not been released.

— Clarence Williams

9:30 Club worker’s death ruled a suicide

Josh Burdette, the well-known head of security at the 9:30 Club who died Sept. 1, took his own life, according to a ruling by the Maryland chief medical examiner’s office. Burdette, 36, was found dead Sunday inside his home in Kensington.

Before the manner of death was confirmed, Montgomery County police said they were investigating the case as a possible suicide.

The popular Burdette cut an imposing figure outside the Washington music venue, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing more than 300 pounds. But he was widely regarded as a gentle person who mostly wanted to see people leave the club with a smile on their faces.

“I know that’s a trite thing to say,” he said in a 2006 interview with The Washington Post, “but my job is to make sure people have fun.”

— Dan Morse

VIRGINIA
Bike thefts on rise in Fairfax County

Bike thefts in Fairfax County are on the rise, and police are urging residents to protect their belongings from opportunistic thieves.

According to authorities, 361 bicycles were reported stolen in the county between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013 — an increase of about 36 percent over the previous year, when roughly 265 thefts were reported.

The McLean area, police said, appears to have taken a significant hit, with 86 bikes reported stolen.

Many of the bikes were taken when residents left their garage doors open.

“Thieves simply seize the opportunity, take the bikes, and walk away,” police said in a news release.

Bike thefts in Arlington County are also on the rise, reaching an all-time high this year, police reported in August.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

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