Props to the Cops: Arrests Made in Carjacking of 85 Year Old Woman on the Way to Church

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

A couple weeks ago we noted that there was a special place in hell for these criminals. Mad props to officers of the fifth district.

From MPD:

On Friday, December 9, at about 7:45 am, an 85 year old woman was getting ready to enter her car in the area near 20th and Shepherd Sts., NE. It was cold and she was scraping the ice off her windshield. A young man got out of the passenger side of a gold car that had been idling in the block. The man approached the woman and then opened her car door and took her purse from the seat and threw it into the gold car. As she tried to fight him off, he returned and jumped into her car and drove off.

On Monday, December 19, at about 10:15 am, an alert Fifth District officer spotted the stolen car travelling west on Florida Avenue. She followed the car until other officers arrived, and then the car was stopped in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, NE. Four men, two adults and two juveniles, were arrested. Our detectives are looking into possible connections between the four men in the stolen car and any other criminal activity in the area around 20th and Shepherd and elsewhere in the Fifth District.

10 Comment

  • orderedchaos

    Great news! While I fear a typical DC slap on the wrist, perhaps the details surrounding the crime will be enough to get them some serious jail time — the adults and juveniles alike certainly deserve it.

    • What keeps the average PoP reader from committing a carjacking?

      Hint: it’s not the threat of a prison sentence.

      Every other civilized country in the world is literally horrified by America’s unparalleled and unmatched effort to use prison as a solution to its social problems. Read the foreign media. Read the Economist, for Pete’s sake: everybody thinks we’re INSANE to think that, even though we put more people in prison than any other country, we aren’t putting enough people in jail.

      We’ve created an assembly line in this country, a very predictable, reliable, and efficient one: poor girls don’t get any help in avoiding pregnancy, don’t get any help in raising kids right, but get lots of help in warehousing the resulting criminal. You don’t fix that problem by spending a lot of resources on more warehouses. You fix the problem by focusing your resources on stopping the assembly line.

      Yeah, I know I keep saying it. But jeesh, every time we have a crime article, the hue and cry is always “we have crime because we aren’t putting criminals in jail.” Meanwhile, on any given day, about one out of every 30 adult male DC residents is in jail or prison on any given day. 1 out of 30. That’s already a crazily dysfunctional incarceration rate, and we think it ought to be even higher? No other civilized society has tried this approach, and there’s no reason to believe it will lead to anything but a death-spiral to social implosion.

      • I agree with you but I would say we are only a marginally “civilized” country in a global context. We think of ourselves as highly civilized but we are far too self centered nationally and individually to be much of a society in the long run.

  • Cheers MPD! Way to go!

  • When oh when will DC decide to address it’s horrible juvenile crime situation. Makes me sick to think kids can get away with just about anything, and they know it. Car jacking. Armed Robbery. Homicide. Gun possession. It’s remarkable that we’re so lenient on these kids who do so much harm to our civil society.

  • springroadintoaction

    “And for as long as I been grown, once a month I been with her on a church Sunday, telling myself ain’t no need to worry, ’cause ain’t nobody in this city that lowdown to disrespect a Sunday morning! “

  • “Four men, two adults and two juveniles, were arrested”

    So, eight people were arrested in total (six adults + two minors)?

    Or was it six people (four men + two minors)?

Comments are closed.