DPS arrests man allegedly burglarizing Georgetown townhouses on Prospect
Update, 4:04 pm: Vox has learned that the man arrested was James McFerguson. A search of D.C. court cases online revealed 43 separate cases against McFerguson stretching back to 1985, though it’s unclear whether all are against the James McFerguson arrested Wednesday.
Original Post: At around 2 p.m. yesterday, plainclothes DPS officers on patrol arrested a man they observed knocking on and trying to open doors of several University townhouses on the 3700 block of Prospect St. Upon searching the suspect’s backpack, officers found several burglar’s tools: boltcutters, knives, and a small crowbar. In coordination with the Metropolitan Police Department, he was transferred and put in jail in MPD’s second district.
According to Georgetown University’s Chief of Police Jay Gruber, the man arrested yesterday does not fit the description of the men accused of recently systematically burglarizing both off-campus student residences and on-campus residence hall locations such as McCarthy Hall. The men fitting that description have not yet been caught, though DPS says they are working with area Universities such as American, Gallaudet, George Washington, and UDC to find the suspects in those cases.
The suspect arrested yesterday was charged with one count of attempted unlawful entry, though he was observed trying multiple doors. He had a bicycle parked nearby the scene and is believed to have been acting alone. The suspect had an extensive criminal record for burglary and breaking and entering. In fact, he was on probation and was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time of his arrest.
Gruber didn’t immediately have the name of the man arrested, though Vox will update this post if we find more information.