- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 23, 2000

A District of Columbia block hit by vandals last month is under attack again, and this time the perpetrators made it personal: The person poured urine on the front door of a resident who spoke out against the earlier crimes.

Jan Bailey and several neighbors in the 4700 block of 15th Street NW were awakened in the early-morning hours Monday to find their tires slashed and car windows smashed.

Mr. Bailey, 58, found urine all over his front door, and some of it had seeped onto a rug in his house. After cleaning it up, he returned to bed.

When he woke again at 7:30 a.m., his car had been further damaged. It was the only one in the block with every car window smashed out, and all but one tire slashed.

"It's more personalized" than the Oct. 19 attack, Mr. Bailey told The Washington Times.

"The fact that this individual came on my porch and did what they did … you just don't know," he said. "I've never been treated this way."

One or more persons slashed at least 34 tires in the same block in the early-morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Metropolitan Police Department has increased patrols on the block and chased leads, but it is a tough case to break, said Lt. Jimmie Riley of the department's 4th District.

Investigators believe this latest attacker may have had a different motive because far fewer cars were hit five instead of almost 20 and because someone soiled Mr. Bailey's door.

"Someone is carrying out some anger in them, and it seems to be directed at [Mr. Bailey] and his property," Lt. Riley said. "People don't come up on your front porch and urinate for no reason. This is not a random thing. There's something that makes it personally involved."

Lt. Riley suggested it may involve a domestic dispute Mr. Bailey is having with a relative, but he would not elaborate.

"It's directed at this gentleman specifically," he said. "It sort of focused on him and a relative. It's more like a personal thing."

Mr. Bailey said he told police about a spat with his son, who lives in Northern Virginia, this summer, "but he would never do anything like this." He wouldn't elaborate.

That does not explain, however, why other residents on the block were targeted Monday, Lt. Riley said.

Mr. Bailey insists he has no enemies, and said he has no idea why the vandalism is happening.

"Why we're being targeted is puzzling," he said. "We really can't put a handle on it. I haven't panicked yet, but I'm very concerned."

Police found blood droplets on the ground by Mr. Bailey's car, leading them to believe the vandal used his hand to break the windows.

Mr. Bailey believes the perpetrator must have been on drugs; police believe only that the vandal was full of fury.

"That's pure anger. That's not random," Lt. Riley said.

At a community meeting following the initial incident, police said they had no motive. They suggested trouble may be spilling into 16th Street Heights from groups of rival teens involved in a spate of shootings, drug deals and vandalism in surrounding neighborhoods.

But Lt. Riley told The Times yesterday that police have ruled out gangs.

Mr. Bailey has spent more than $1,200 on repairs to his car, but worrying about the vandal is what weighs on him.

"Greater than that is the psychological cost, which I just can't measure right now," he said. "I'm just wondering if this will happen every month."

Residents are discussing ways to fight back, such as establishing resident patrols and funding a reward for information that leads to the perpetrator.

"We're getting the word out that we are serious about protecting our block," Mr. Bailey said. "And that we're not going to be intimidated by this kind of madness. We're fighters."

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