Dear PoP – Props to the Cops (Vol. 7 and 8) and a Nameless Hero!

Photo by PoPville flickr user Néstor Sánchez Cordero Photography

“Dear PoP,

I just wanted to share this amazing story, part cautionary tale, part feel-good story, part vigilante justice!

Getting off the Chinatown metro at about 11:30 yesterday, I was looking up directions when a kid came running up behind me, grabbed my iphone, and took off bolting. I tried in vain to follow him, yelling things I shouldn’t have been yelling in the middle of tourism season in such a highly populated part of town, as everyone looked on, until a stranger started running toward the kid, even faster than the kid, who was going pretty fast himself. The stranger asked what direction the kid went and took off.

I followed behind and caught up with the stranger about 2 blocks later, where he gave me the thumbs up and told me he found an officer, who ran along with him after the kid. I thanked him, and he took off in the opposite direction. Two more blocks away, three officers had my phone and had the kid in the back of a van. I answered some questions, IDed the kid, and was on my way. I just wanted to take the time out to commend the officers who helped me out, as well as recognize the stranger for the Batman he truly is!

On a side note, if anyone knows the stranger in question (I know if I were that guy, I would have told every pretty lady I could find about the awkward, out of shape man whose phone I helped retrieve) if you could give me his e-mail address, I’d love to thank him one more time.

The moral of the story? Thieves are dumber than you think, just don’t be dumber than them. No matter where you are or what time of the day it is, be vigilant of your overpriced electronics.”

Also MPD did good work at 13th and U St, NW yesterday:

Dear Citizens,

On April 28, 2011, at approximately 5:35 p.m., two juveniles (one male, one female) encountered a female citizen in the 1300 block of U Street, N.W. These suspects approached their intended victim from the rear, made forceful and violent contact with her, grabbed her IPad device, and fled by running in the north alley of the 1300 block of U Street, N.W.

An alert MPD officer was in the vicinity and was alerted to the robbery in progress by another citizen. The officer immediately pursued the suspects. They were apprehended in the alley, positively identified by the victim, and arrested. These arrests demonstrate that the MPD will pursue criminal offenses to the fullest extent of the law. Also, as a reminder, citizens are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful when using electronic devices in public.

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  • Great work MPD!

    Has anyone ever considered hosting a block party to recognize our local 4D officers? At a neighborhood meeting last fall, Chief Lanier talked a lot about trying to increase foot patrols in the neighborhood in order for officers and residents to get to know each other better… it seems to me that something like this could have much the same effect.

  • Unless and until MPD, the City govt, the courts, housing authority (regarding project kids)the schools, these self-aggrandizing pastors etc lay the word on parents, neighbors, grandparents, then this will get worse as summer comes. The alternative to this is worse than the status quo–now that the wingnuts control the House, there’ll be a move to blow the doors of the District’s gun laws, which are already hanging off the hinges. The last thing this city needs is some diminutive yuppie girl pulling a Browning 9mm out of her yoga bag and blowing a teenager out of his Nikes…and all he was going to do was tell her she dropped something at the curb and he was rushing to return it. All hell breaks lose. That is the world the authorities, utterly negligent parents, nihilistic teens and paranoid taxpayers will bring if we don’t get real about this.

    • True true…although from the looks of things… the parents also seem to enjoy “Letting it all hang out” ALSO the kids who are caught in the mix seem to have found their role models and shepherds out there on the street. I see these 30-55 year old men who are dressing like the kids and helping them ‘do business’. Maybe if people get hit with a charge for drugs there should be a mandatory restriction that keeps them away from schools and play grounds… Get these predators away from the kids.

    • Sensationalize much? Who in their right mind would pull a gun on someone just because they are being approached by them in an innocent manner???

      Can you document one case where that has ever happened?

  • So happy to hear that there is someone out there who is willing to draw a line in the sand. We need to look out for each other.

  • Kudos the MPD and the stranger for running down this kid.

    This is a good feature PoP, keep it up.

  • Whatever happened to “Ask a Cop”? I’d like to se a patrol view of the anti littering and noise violations. Broken Window policy or a pain in the butt?

  • Good job stranger and MPD!

    On a sidenote.. I should get a HumancentiPad… would be hard for the kids to steal it!

  • Someone should make a C-4 iPhone case with remote detonator.

    • I’ve actually considered something like that..but with teargas or electricity.

      • How about a dye pack? That’s less likely to maim a robber but could temporarily blind them as well as stain their hands and skin.

        I’d be concerned that something that would injure would result in a lawsuit by the robber. Given how stupid juries are in DC, I’m sure you’d lose.

        Speaking of which, everyone shouldn’t try to get out of jury duty; everyone wants to be hard on criminals but abhors jury duty. Yes, it blows, but we need people eager to find these ne’er-do-wells guilty.

        • *cough* or not guilty if there is insufficient evidence implicating the suspect.

          Pretty sure you shouldnt qualify for jury duty since you seem to think that being arrested is the #1 indication of guilt.

  • Best way to deal with these criminals would be to shoot them in the street, Judge Dred style.

    • We talking the classic British comic book version or Sly Stallone’s take on it (“I am da Law!”)?

  • I am surprised not to hear about more iPad or eBook reader thefts. I see as many on trains as iPhones.

    I don’t know how this would be done, but it would be great if there were a way to track the ultimate disposition of arrests. Every time there is a report of someone (especially a minor) getting arrested, there’s a chorus of “he’s probably back out on the streets already.” Maybe we should push for a law that requires publishing each action that the criminal justice system takes with respect to anyone who is arrested.
    “On [date] [x persons] were arrested for y. On [date] [x persons] were arraigned or released on bond. On [date] [x persons] were convicted, acquited, pled guilty.” Privacy concerns can be solved by not using names and just identifying the crime the person was arrested for. The general public should be able to know what is happening to the people the cops arrested for these two crimes each step of the way.

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