Unfortunately we had another incident on the trail this evening. A lone male victim was walking on the trail at R Street NE when he was assaulted by two young black males. We believe that this was in an attempt to rob him. The victim sustained no injuries and no property was stolen. MPD units were in the area and quickly stopped several subject, one of who was identified as a suspect and placed under arrest.
This occurred at just after 7 PM and the description for the suspects is two black males, both 16-19 years of age, one wearing a white tank top and dark shorts with a short afro hairstyle and the other wearing no shirt and dark pants – the later was arrested.
I know my officers are out there constantly checking the trail and though these repeated crimes are frustrating, I am encouraged that we were able to arrest a suspect. I also spoke to the detective investigating the recent robberies tonight and we are working some strong leads in those cases. I can also report that we have recovered a taser during our investigations. We believe it was the one brandished in a recent event. In addition, we are implementing an additional action plan that will utilize some of our district’s tactical units.
Again, I want to thank this community and commend you for your dedication. Be careful and aware out there – please dial 911 if you see anything suspicious, anything matching the lookouts we’ve had in these incidents – we can always just come check it out. In all these cases the lookout has been for two or more black males in their late teens hanging out on the trail between Rhode Island Ave. and New York Ave.