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The Washington Post interviewed the brother of Michael Hrizuk, who died on July 2 of injuries received in a June 21 assault behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.). The brother, Bill Hrizuk, told the Post that his brother “fell and struck his head during an altercation.” The deceased was a married Air Force veteran and a retired air traffic controller, according to the Post.

Police officials declined to comment on the case because the investigation is ongoing.

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Michael Hrizuk, 57, died of blunt impact head injury, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined. Hrizuk, an Arlington resident, died on July 2, two weeks after emergency personnel found him injured in the 2300 block of Wisconsin Ave. According to our sources, police were called to the alley behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 21. They discovered Hrizuk injured on the ground and took him to the hospital. His assailant is believed to be a young white male.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information can be submitted to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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Metropolitan Police detectives are investigating an “undetermined death” on the 2300 block of Wisconsin Ave., according to a department press release.

Officers and emergency vehicles responded to a call for help shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, the release states. They found Michael Hrizuk, 57, of Arlington injured on the ground and took him to the hospital. On Wednesday, July 2, Hrizuk “succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead,” according to the release. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined.

NBC4 has reported that Hrizuk’s injuries were caused by an assault, and this jibes with what we have heard. Although MPD Commander Michael Reese did not respond to our earlier inquiry on this matter, we’ve been told by two sources that the site of the incident was the alley behind Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) and that Hrizuk’s assailant seemed to be a young white man.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call them at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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On Friday, June 6, the Office of Tax and Revenue seized the liquor license of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) and ordered it shut down for nonpayment of $654,077.87 in sales tax, penalties, and interest, according to OTR spokeswoman Natalie Wilson.

This morning, to hear the owners’ representative tell it, the strip club got its license back—along with a heartfelt apology from the city tax agency. “The owners owed zero. These guys have been paying taxes fine,” says Paul Kadlick, a representative for the Vice Group, which owns the club. “The revenue agent couldn’t have been more apologetic.”

Curiously, OTR’s Wilson tells a different story. As of late afternoon today, she says, the matter has not been resolved. “OTR has not released the licenses nor granted a reinstatement of any kind,” she wrote in an email after we told her about our conversation with Kadlick. “OTR is working with the new owners to bring them into compliance.”

So what gives? According to Wilson, an OTR review of the club’s account revealed that the club hadn’t paid expected sales taxes for the past six years. That’s what generated the massive tax lien. What the agency’s records apparently failed to reflect was that the club was shut down between January 2008, when a fire destroyed its original building, and June 2013, when the club reopened under new ownership. Wilson told us that OTR was unaware that the club’s ownership had changed. We wonder whether documentation of this change is what’s missing now before the club can reopen.

Kadlick told us he expected the club to be open tomorrow night.

While we had Kadlick on the phone, we asked about the long-shattered glass in the club’s mirrored doorway: Do the owners intend to fix it? Kadlick explained that someone–a Georgetown University student–has been arrested and charged with the crime of breaking the door, and that the club’s owners are awaiting the outcome of that case before repairs are made. “Someone has to make restitution” for the damage, Kadlick says. He estimated the repair cost at “several thousand dollars.”

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Early Saturday morning, a 19-year-old waitress was sexually abused in an alley on the 2300-2400 block of Wisconsin Ave., according to NBC News4. “Sources tell News4 the suspect was a customer at the establishment where the woman worked earlier in the evening,” the station reported. “The customer was ‘pushy’ toward the woman while she was working, but she had ignored his advances at the time, sources say. The victim told police the suspect pulled her into an alley just before closing time and tried to get her to perform a sexual act, but she was able to run away and call 911.” Other news outlets reported slight variations on this account, according to a roundup in The Georgetowner.

Metropolitan Police have not released a description of the suspect, according to the reports. In fact, the department originally stonewalled a public official seeking any information on the incident. After a bare-bones report of “First Degree Sex Abuse – Force” appeared on the MPD-2D Yahoo newsgroup, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal posted to request additional information. “Due to the nature of the investigation, no details will be shared concerning this offense,” Lt. John Hedgecock responded. “There is no threat to the community as a result of this incident.”

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From the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Between 9 am and 10:30 a.m. on the morning of April 18, a bicycle was stolen from a bike rack on the 2200 block of Wisconsin Ave., according to a police report.

 

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From the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A black 2008 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen from in front of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The theft occurred sometime between 8:30 pm on April 12 and 9:00 pm on April 13, according to the report. Police confirmed that the car had not been moved or towed.

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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A dumpster containing 300 gallons of used cooking oil was stolen from behind Whole Foods (2323 Wisconsin Ave.) sometime after Christmas, according to a police report. The theft was reported on February 17, when a recycling company arrived to pump out the tank and noticed it was missing. The oil, valued at $585, was to have been turned into biodiesel fuel. (The tank’s value was $600.)

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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A 28-year-old man was mugged on the sidewalk in front of Z-Burger (2414 Wisconsin Ave.) at about 1:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, according to a police report. A stranger hit the victim in the face, knocking him unconscious, and stole his wallet and passport, the man later told police. The victim, who suffered facial bruises, did not see his assailant, and no suspect was named in the report.

 

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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Early on the evening of January 4, a man left his Samsung Galaxy smartphone in an unlocked locker at Washington Sports Club (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) while he showered, according to a police report. When he returned, the phone was gone. Police have no suspects in the case.

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