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D.C. Officer Was Allegedly At Planning Of Fatal Holdup

D.C. Officer Was Allegedly At Planning Of Fatal Holdup

The Washington Post via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

WASHINTON, DC – An on-duty D.C. police officer charged with murder and accused of acting as a lookout in a street robbery gone fatally wrong also was present during the planning of the holdup and drove some of the participants to the crime scene, authorities said in a court affidavit.

Officer Reginald Jones, charged with felony murder in the Dec. 1 robbery in Southeast Washington, was parked a short distance from the shooting that night in a marked patrol car, according to an affidavit made public Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court. When shots were fired and a witness ran toward the police cruiser seeking help, Jones drove off “and left the area,” the affidavit says.

The robbery victim, accused of being a drug dealer, survived a bullet wound. But police said the group of assailants included a 19-year-old man who fired an apparently errant shot that killed his father, an accomplice in the holdup.

Related: D.C. Officer Serving as Lookout Charged with Murder

Jones, 40, a six-year member of the force, is not accused of pulling the trigger. However, because he is accused of playing a role in the robbery, in the 4300 block of Fourth Street SE, he can be held legally culpable for the fatal result, authorities said. On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ordered Jones, of Upper Marlboro, held without bail pending a Jan. 5 preliminary hearing.

The affidavit says Jones, a uniformed member of the department’s gun-recovery unit, shooed away loiterers who might see the crime by driving the patrol car through the courtyard of a housing complex in Washington Highlands shortly before the robbery occurred there.

“The worst thing an officer can do is betray the public trust,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in announcing Jones’s arrest Tuesday night. “In this case, the officer went far beyond that. He did so carrying our badge and wearing our uniform.” ad_icon

The unit to which Jones was assigned is part of the police Narcotics and Special Investigations Division. On Wednesday, reacting to Jones’s arrest, Lanier transferred several supervisors in the division to less prestigious patrol commands, two police sources said.

The holdup victim, Tyrone D. Herring, 45, was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute after police allegedly found 31.4 grams of crack in his pants while he was being treated at a hospital. Investigators said he told them that he was robbed of nearly $5,000.

Herring said $700 was in his pants pocket and about $4,000 was in the console of his car.

In court affidavits, police said Jones was present Nov. 30 at an auto detailing shop in Suitland when several men planned the robbery. Jones drove at least two of them to the housing complex in his cruiser on the night of the crime, police said.


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  • 100_0766_max50

    jamesjones

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    ohhh yeah...btw...no relation at all

  • 100_0766_max50

    jamesjones

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    well...just goes to show that there are dirty cops in the system, and most of the time you won't know who they are till they are busted. hope he gets the maximum, and is paired up with someone he put in jail.

  • Cpl_max50

    jsw4178

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Thanks for your dis-service loser!

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    Ducedog

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I worked with the guy and I wanted to believe that he didnt do this until presented with the evidence. He appearred to be a hard working officer of a very pestigious and aggressive Gun Recovery Unit. If I could say anything to him it would be that you have help to undo some of the trust that I risk my life to gain everyday when I go out on those streets and try to do my job. You have spit in the faces of those who have come before you and will come after you and make the altimate sacrafic. Damn Reggie how could you?

  • Streetgang_max50

    RPD10

    over 4 years ago

    210 Comments

    Everytime this kind of crap happens it makes it more and more difficult for the rest of us to do our jobs. If he is found guilty I hope he gets the max sentence.

  • Chief_instigator_max50

    excop23260

    over 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    Thats the kinda thing that makes it tougher on us straight-arrows. If this "dirty-cop" is actually guilty, fry him and fry him good. DeeCee government has not favorably impressed me much anyway. We cant even pursue into DeeCee from Virginia without having Metro PD interfere with the pursuit and try to arrest a Virginia cop. That's no better than Mexico. What a garbage place. At least they still have SOME honest cops.

  • U_of_copatch_max50

    Lopezjp1

    over 4 years ago

    260 Comments

    Adam Henry

  • Au_max50

    ds212

    over 4 years ago

    1508 Comments

    what a tool

  • Cot_max50

    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    hope he enjoys prison life

  • 707168ad30b8a8c4_max50

    RLC939

    over 4 years ago

    366 Comments

    As far as I am concerned, he was never a cop, he was a thug that slipped thru the system and infiltrated the ranks of the DC Police Dept.

  • 21_max50

    philfroggy

    over 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Very sad day for everyone in law enforcement

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Hey go to Apex, NC. The cops there are in on a program..TAKE A KID TO SHOP W/ A COP. Now that beats up all the negatives in here with a positive. These things are happeing in a lot of cities and towns. Remember the media just loves the bad stories it makes for good reading. so it's not your problem unless you make the mistake this lose made!!! Weat that badge with pride and get r done every day. and God bless and Thank You!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Soo much for celebrating diversity.....Don't beat youselves up just yet.....

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    Santarosa

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Thank you Mr. Jones! You make the rest of us look like a bunch of crooks!

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50

    36TR

    over 4 years ago

    7568 Comments

    This is just pathetic!!!! Now that the rest of the story has come to light, charge him on the same level as those that committed the robbery, and put him in general population in prison!!!!

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