Dear PoPville – 2nd mugging at gunpoint next to Fort Totten metro

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Dear PoPville,

I’m a resident of the Fort Totten/North Michigan Park neighborhood and hope you can post something about yesterday’s mugging in Fort Totten. I can’t get the original alert to come up, but it happened at 6th Pl NE and Gallatin St NE at 2:54pm on Monday at gun point. You can read the discussion about it here (and try to get back to the original alert here.)

I just went to look up the alerts again and saw this – only about 2-3 blocks away on South Dakota Ave NE:

Robbery (Gun) of Establishment 2221 hrs 4900 blk So.Dakota Ave NE LOF: 3 young B/M in blk ski mask & guns S1-18-20 yoa,5’6-5’7″, dk complx, gray long slv sht, dk pnts, blk ski

Robbery (Gun) of Establishment 2221 hrs 4900 blk So.Dakota Ave NE LOF: (3) young b/m’s armed w/guns in blk ski mask

As you’ll see on the facebook page, there was a neighborhood meeting that was largely unproductive less than a week ago. The solution from MPDC and the Park Police is to stay out of the woods, go around, and not go in after dark. After dark, fair. During the day is tough – there is a path which everyone has been using for years and NPS refuses to clean up, light, etc. Plus, daylight is no longer a deterrent.

The last two muggings were at 8:30A in the morning (when a lot of people use that path to go to the metro for work) and 2:54 pm, off the path and in the neighborhood more. If they are mugging at gun point in broad daylight, what’s next? And what will it take to get MPD and the NPS/Park Police to do more – a gun shot, a sexual assault, or worse? And, you’re telling me you are okay with criminals that mug and attack people with guns on your National Park Land that is so precious, you won’t clean it up or put lights up so law abiding citizens can use the space?

I just can’t be okay with this. The alerts above scare me even more. Things are escalating, fast – not getting better. I get that MPD can’t be there constantly but this is getting out of control – even patrols would help.

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  • And if your case involves Park Police, good luck.

  • Wait, this was posted on PoP at 2:30 pm, but this occurred “today” at 2:54 pm, and the other robberies occurred at 2221 hrs on an unspecified day?
    PoP – can you clarify the dates when these events occurred? It isn’t clear from the OP’s note.

    I take a bus from Ft. Totten to get home from work (which I’m still not comfortable doing even in daylight hours–the other bus riders make me feel like my white self doesn’t belong on their bus route). Looks like I’ll be taking the bus from the Takoma station instead for a while… scary stuff, everyone please be safe out there.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Very sorry about that. I got the email late last night so the incident the OP is referring to took place on Monday afternoon.

    • As the first post stated, the 2:54 mugging was on Monday afternoon. There was also a mugging at gun point on Tuesday, August 7th between 7-8am.
      The date on the alert was last night for the holdup with three masked men. The officer confirmed the three masked men robbed an establishment in the 4900 block of South Dakota last night.

    • hey squish,
      the neighborhood around the area is full of retirees, working folks like myself and young families, many of them white. sorry you feel singled out, but that’s not the overall vibe of the area. however i will tell my husband to be extra vigilant since he takes bus/metro to and from ft. totten every day.

  • Not to quibble toooo too much, but I just want to clarify a single point. These incidents are occurring in North Michigan Park (or maybe Riggs Park?), not in Fort Totten. Fort Totten is the neighborhood to the west of the metro station, its eastern border is the tracks themselves. These incidents are occurring further on the east side and while they are indeed occurring near the Fort Totten Metro Station, they are not actually occuring in Fort Totten itself. There is a difference:,_D.C.)

    That said, I think these recent incidents are abhorrent and I definitely support engaging CM McDuffie, MPD and the Park Police more vigorously. On the Fort Totten side of metro, we do have a well-lit, paved path across the Park land that is patrolled by both Park Police and MPD… hopefully that precedent should help your case in demanding improvements for the path in question. I’m not sure what effort was required to get the NPS to improve that path – it was already established when I bought my house 5 years ago – but perhaps investigating that might be of help.

  • First – I would stay off the path and out of the woods. Second, I would stay alert and carry a small licensed pistol with me and if approached, shoot the black hooded m’f’ers in the face!!!! I grew up there and left the area in the 80’s because it was turning into a slum. I refused to live with iron bars on my windows. If you can’t move out just stand tall and group together and take back the neighborhood. Walk with baseball bats and let them know you mean business. Hold a neighborhood cookout and voice your takeover. If DC took over the park it wouldn’t change, probably be worse-DC gov and council is run by criminal’s too-it’s in their blood. Walk with that bat or licensed pistol.

  • There used to be a MPD motorcycle officer in the evening who used to ride on those paths even in the winter time. Havent seen him in over a year though.

  • Actually, not to put too fine a point on it, but I WAS sexually assaulted (no weapon involved) on 12/22/2010 on that very same path by a young black male, at approximately 3:30pm in broad daylight, on my way home from work. So: the crime iha happened already, is happening more violently and more frequently than ever. Park Police was useless to me at the time but MPD was actually relatively helpful even though it did happen on park land, btw.

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