County Exec. Bakers’ Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative credited with driving crime down in Prince George’s County to historic lows, while a murder takes place in Seat Pleasant the same day. UPDATE BELOW ON SEAT PLEASANT CASE.
The news of the drop in crime came the same day a man in Seat Pleasant was murdered and the child he was with was also shot.
From WJLA: All over Prince George’s County, crime is plummeting. Homicides are down 35 percent from last year, dropping from 93 murders in 2011 to just 60 in 2012. Burglaries are also down almost 20 percent from last year, and violent crime has dropped by 7.6 percent. Overall, crime is down 7.6 percent, which equates to roughly 2,200 fewer crimes this year compared with last year at the same time.
It’s because for the first time ever, Prince George’s County government agencies are working together. It’s part of a vigorous initiative by county executive Rushern Baker called the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. Earlier this year he commended the impact the program has made. “Things are going to change for the better. This is a great county,” Baker said.
Assistant police chief Kevin Davis says programs such as razing vacant property, shutting down night clubs plagued by criminal activity and boosting police presence help push crime down. Davis says crime is simply a by-product of other social problems. “If we just look at other crime in and of itself and don’t look at the factors that contribute to crime, again, homeless, unemployment, then we are merely treading water and running in place,” Davis says.
I agree 100% with Assnt Chief Kevin Davis. As more jobs and business comes to the county, fewer abandoned buildings are left standing, and ILLICIT STRIP CLUBS AND NIGHT CLUBS are closed down, the County will take it’s place in the spotlight as a great place to live. So it would behoove us to find the murderers of 25 year old Nicoh Mayhew who was killed the same day, Wednesday Dec. 19th, that news of our low crime statistics hit the airways. At around 10:00 am, police officers from the Seat Pleasant Police Department responded to the 6800 block of Seat Pleasant Drive for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police officers discovered two victims, Mayhew and a young child, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Mayhew was pronounced dead on scene. The two year-old boy was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The preliminary investigation suggests two male suspects targeted the Mayhew. The suspects fired several shots and then fled in a black four-door BMW with tinted windows, with unknown Maryland tags.
Not only did these two animals kill someone, they shot a 2 year old. Maybe on purpose, maybe not. What’s for sure is that they need to be taken off the streets.
UPDATE: Nicoh Mayhew was scheduled to testify at a trial and was holding his 2 year old son when he was murdered.
A man killed in a Seat Pleasant, Md. shooting Wednesday was scheduled to testify in an upcoming trial, and police are investigating the possibility that he was killed to ensure his silence. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said that the victim, Nicoh Mayhew, 25, had been offered protection several times. Though he seemed concerned about his safety, Alsobrooks said, Mayhew declined the protection. “Mr. Mayhew’s death was not his fault,” Alsobrooks said at a Thursday press conference. “Whether or not he declined protection, he deserved to be safe.” “We need people to come forward so that we can remove these dangerous predators from our community,” she said.
Mayhew was holding his 2-year-old son, who was also injured in the incident, which occurred in the 6800 block of Seat Pleasant Drive, authorities said. The boy was shot in the arm and is expected to recover.