Vehicle of Interest Sought in Aggravated Assault in the 700 Block of North Carolina Ave, SE

From MPD:

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle of interest in connection with the aggravated assault which occurred in the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue, SE.

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and persons of interest depicted in this surveillance video. The vehicle may be connected with a robbery and assault which occurred on Saturday, August 18, 2012, in the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue SE, in the early morning hours. The persons of interest of the pictured vehicle are seen attempting to use the victim’s credit card at the Exxon station located in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, shortly after the assault.

Anyone who has knowledge of this case, knows the subject’s identity or sees him, should take no action, but should immediately call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any assault committed in the District of Columbia.

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  • At a community meeting last night, the police said they have already identified it as a 2002 – 2005 MY Hyundai Sonata.

  • These guys are absolute morons if this is them. You do the dirt and then go to a gas station less than a mile away? I mean, what, it takes about one minute to drive there from the assault location? Brilliant!!

  • It makes me sick that these guys are just going about their business after just practically bludgeoning a guy to death. How do you even live with yourself?

    • Seriously, it’s disgusting. What is wrong with people???

    • These were my thoughts exactly. If I were more naive, I would be in absolute disbelief that a group of human beings could literally almost beat someone to death and then make a pit stop at the local gas station as if nothing was out of the ordinary. But I’m not naive. This is why I don’t venture out alone at night- not even in my beautiful and affluent Capitol Hill neighborhood. What happened to this guy could happen to any of us.

  • given the number of reported incidents involving this specific station, I’m shocked that they have such poor quality surveillance equipment. The poor resolution will be useless in establishing proof of identity for the two people attempting to use the card. There are at least two additional people in the car, and while higher resolution images could have potentially been used to establish the identity of the other passengers as well, at a minimum the two people using the machince should have been busted with air tight evidence.

    Of course that doesn’t connect them directly to the assault, but if they weren’t involved they’d most likely have information about the perpetrators.

    • What other incidents have there been?

      • don’t have specific incidents off the top of my head, but there have been persistent issues with theft from cars and robberies er the years (though that may be less in the past 2 years than earlier). I live close and the location frequently appeared on the neighborhood crime reports

        Given the brutality of the attack and its unlikely location, I wouldn’t get hung up on a single hot spot, but gas stations are all monitored by security camera — this particular one just looks useless.

        • Yikes. I’ve only lived in the neighborhood a little less than 2 years, but I’ve been working a couple blocks away for the past 6 years and didn’t know all that was going on. Think I’ll stick to Distad’s for when I need gas.

  • I have never lived in a place with so much totally senseless crime. I hate this place. 🙁

    • I hear you… but don’t give up. There is a lot of good happening in DC… projects are highlighted on PoP almost every day. Don’t let human trash like this ruin your time here.

    • I see a lot of people on this blog making similar statements. Do we really have more senseless crime than other cities?

      Regardless, I think the MPD response and the way the community has come together to support the victim are promising. Crime still happens, but we’re not about to just stand by and let it continue.

      • I’ve lived in two other big cities and I’ve never felt as generally worried about street crime as I do here. But I’m not giving up because I do believe in this town.

      • I think your sentiments are right on the mark. DC has too much crime, but so many American cities have too much crime. I think a lot of people who have moved to DC are shocked by the violence because their hometowns are smaller and have a lot less crime. That said, violent crime in DC seems to be decreasing and I think that trend will continue. That said, any violent incident like this one is too many. If people like the above poster in Capitol Hill are afraid to walk alone at night, something has to change & voting out council members & mayors until crime is taken even more seriously is probably the only answer.

        • Compared to other cities I’ve lived in (SF, LA, NY) DC is exceptionally violent. I’m not saying there aren’t “crimes” in those other cities, but DC seems to have a much higher density of violent crimes esp. given how small it is.

          • I have to agree, at least from my personal experience of living in New York for numerous years. (Sorry to trot out the tired old New York-DC comparison schtick, but it’s the only city other than DC and Baltimore where I’ve lived, and I lived there the longest, so far, in my adult life.) I lived in neighborhoods that were very econonmically and racially/ethnically mixed (one with a notorious reputation–which still lingered at the time I lived there, despite some improvement–for drug dealing). I never, never gave a second thought to walking home from the subway or whatnot by myself at night (and yes, I’m female, not petite, but I doubt I’d intimidate any badasses), the way residents do in DC, at least judging from many of the comments on PoP. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few neighborhoods in New York where street crime and gun violence happen far too often, but this is not the norm for city neighborhoods. (Of course, I’m in no way saying that this means the gun violence in a few isolated neighborhoods isn’t something for the whole city to be concerned about–it is.) And occasionally in my neighborhoods, there were reports of muggings and the odd violent crime–but emphasis on occasionally. There certainly wasn’t the broad sense of fear and the frustrated perception that criminals are operating with impunity that I hear in DC.

            All that being said, on the other hand, New York has a very aggressive stop-and-frisk policy, which could be effective in getting some guns off the street, but has a whole host of negative consequences as well.

          • I’d agree with you about NYC (at least the parts I’ve visited, though I don’t really go to the Bronx or Staten Island at all, or some parts of Brooklyn or Queens for that matter). I totally disagree on SF — it’s a city I love but there is a lot of street crime in SF, vagrancy, high concentration of addicts, runaways, even clustered around expensive and trendy areas. LA is very car insulated and vast, but there are plenty areas of where being on foot would not be recommended and pedestrians are sparse.

            DC has its share of senseless crime, but the numbers do show improvement, year over year at least. Neighborhoods which used to be considered ‘off limits’ late at night show increasingly clashing demographics. The micro- neighborhood where this attack occurred went through this in the early to mid 90s. Within the past 15 years Logan Circle wasn’t the safest place after dark either.

            When I moved to DC in the late 90s, neighborhoods like Columbia Heights, H St and Bloomingdale were not at all popular or attractive to DC’s arriving professional class

        • My experiences with NY and with SF (limited to several visits, but not residing there), tell me that both of you are right. I feel safer in both cities than I do in DC (can’t agree with LA – I’ve spent a lot of time in South Central by the USC campus). But Baltimore, Chicago, LA are pretty violent, and that’s not to mention places like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, etc. I guess those of us who have been here awhile are a bit more positive because we saw the city when it was really bad. When you start from the bottom, any progress looks really good (for an example of this, see the over-the-top optimism some have for DC schools).

          • Yeah, that’s what I was wondering. DC might not be the safest city in the US, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the absolute worst, and you see a lot more crime in other major cities around the world. Maybe I’m just biased because I grew up near Camden, NJ. Or maybe it’s just that people come to DC expecting it to be pristine and peaceful because that’s the image that’s projected to the world. NYC, Chicago, LA all have reputations for being somewhat gritty and rough so it’s not a total shock when people encounter crime there.

        • Compared to, basically the entire rest of the advanced industrialized democracies, American cities are hyperviolent places.

          Yet another example of how the rest of the First World has objectively more effective social policies that result in higher quality of life for their people. Whereas in America we have … lower taxes, I guess.

    • Obviously you have never lived in a city or you are very young. Sorry for the rude awakening.

      • Obviously, lots of people who have lived in a variety of other cities and have a number of experiences to compare are agreeing about the overproliferation of violent crime in DC–or, in some cases, drawing on their urban experiences to thoughtfully and respectfully disagree.

        One doesn’t need to be naive or suburban or young for violent crime to be a rude awakening. Violent crime IS a rude awakening. Better that than to brush it off as business as usual.

  • The car was probably stolen as well.

  • Glad they have a lead. Any word on the victim’s condition?

    • The news was reporting that he had undergone two brain surgeries and was slowly recovering. His wife says that he can make eye contact and hold up two fingers when asked. I suspect that a serious brain injury like this will take a long time for recovery (and that recovery may ultimately be incomplete). I’m hoping the poor man has a speedy recovery.

      • I assume the victim was white. If it had been a black on black assault, it wouldn’t even have made the news.

        • Congratulations! You needlessly brought race into a discussion about crime in our city and a guy that was nearly killed because of some trashy human beings! You must be proud. What are you going to do with your new found glory?? Do tell!

          • DC CapHill

            How was that needlessly bringing race into the equaiton? The victim is White. The apparent suspects, if we can believe in this video surveillance, are Black. Those are facts. Sorry if that upsets you. I think it’s gotten to the point where people are sick and tired of feeling like victims, and being made to feel like victims, from empathy, specific to situations like this. When was the last time you saw a person fitting the demographic of the victim in this case, apprehended for a random violent crime? Not premeditated, not domestic, not white collar, etc. I’ve lived here for 12 years, and I can’t remember one? How many times have you seen this exact scenario play out, where the victim is White and therefore assumed to be in possession of something of value, and becoming the target of idiots like this? I can see how some in this City feel targeted, as a White person, and I don’t think it’s that odd to voice than concern.

            And you can spare me the “Chocolate City” takes, DC is nearly equalized now, in population diversity between White and Black. Crime is crime is crime, nobody is saying there aren’t muggings involing Black victims, but the frequency of seeing White victim, Black perpetrator (far too often, youth perp,) is clearly at a different rate.

            Which brings it right back to the underlying problem in this City; the problem of racial tension that nobody ever wants to have a real discussion about. White people with money moved in, and displaced all the Black people, and they’re all bitter because of it, right? Bullshit. I have plenty friends in this City, that are Black, that are very well to do, and have lived here their entire life. I also work with plenty of Black co-workers that told me straight up; ‘Once I got enough money to move to the suburbs, I was gone. I’m not putting up with this crazy shit anymore.’ Whatever happened to “I am my Brother’s keeper?” Police your own, educate and love your own. What kind of an impact does anyone think it has when a White person tries to lecture the Black Community on something like this? NONE. It generally has the opposite effect of being slammed as flat out racist, and unproductive. Problem is, it’s like talking about Family. “You cant say that about so and so, only I can say something like that about so and so.” Well, guess what, some don’t feel it’s being adequately addressed, and it’s far past time to start asking the hard questions, and coming up with some solutions, together. I also don’t see the level of personal responsibility being high enough, in our Community as a whole. I’m not prepared to cede this City to a bunch of run-amoks just because their parents couldn’t give a shit about them. Someone WILL take responsibility for their actions, whether they want to or not. I say hold the parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/whatever responsible, with fines/jail time/loss of residence/insert deterrent here, and make DCYS a FORTRESS nobody can escape from. This City’s crime fighting is an absolute joke, I think at least half the DCPD should be fired immediately, and I’d love to take the overflow of applicants from the likes of Fairfax County, into the fold. Let those paranoid bastards patrol our streets for a while, instead of the totally apatheic turds we employ now. We might actually see some of those DC statutes put into practice; Breaking curfew, unlaw assembly, actually WALKING A BEAT? Take the NYC approach, start hammering everyone from EVERYTHING they do wrong, and see how quickly it changes.

            The other issue with DC is the vast and transient nature of crime in this City. In most other “big cities” you can and WILL avoid certain neighborhoods, and vice versa, crime won’t travel like it does in DC. Anyone should have a reasonable expectation in this city, to walk around Capitol Hill, even at night, and NOT get battered in the back of the skull by a group of punks that are highly unlikely to even live in said neighborhood. Nobody moved to the Hill thinking it was anything other than a great/affluent neighborhood. Why is the bad element even over there, laying in wait? “Because it’s a great/affluent neighborhood.”

            Lastly, quoting crime stats as some measure of how relatively good or bad the crime in this city is? Really? Are you new to PoP? Have you not seen ANY discussion on here, EVER, regarding how the Cops and the DC Gov’t are trying to simultaneously intimidate victims into not filing reports, to refusing to file reports flat out, to juking the stats to make the City look safter/better? Come on, you’re better than that.

          • wow, anon a muss, preach it! this is very well said.

          • +1
            There should be a prize for the first person to bring up race in discussions on this blog. It usually happens by about comment 15-20.

        • trolls just gotta troll

  • I was pleased to see such good turnout and strong words from MPD about this event. DC has been dealing with thugs beating folks and leaving them for dead for years now. It seems almost one beating happens every month or two. His wife is right to elevate this, we all should follow her lead. Young thugs beating up folks as they’ve been doing in this town for some time now is horrific and needs to be stopped.

  • I’ve lived in Flint (MI), Detroit, and Chicago. My perception is the street crime in DC is worse.

    My thoughts go out to the victim and his family.

  • Perhaps because in their experience it tends to be true.

  • A lot of you have not seen crime or lived in real hoods, DC is no worse off than many other cities. The difference with DC is how reckless they are with it. A lot of cities are known by how they get down some places get you set up, some gang activity, some hustle you…the youngins are here just are reckless and don’t care which makes all the difference plus with DC being so small you are going to hear and feel it more vs. other huge cities where most of the time, you have to go out of your way to get into the grimey spots. Trust me if you lived in or spent any time in the hundreds or Cabrini Green (back in the day) in Chicago, Compton, Roxbury, Mattapan, the bottom in Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Memphis…you would not be saying half of the stuff you are saying. It is all relative, since half of you likely have never been to a real hood or hard part of a city this is mind blowing stuff. Look, what is happening is that with all of the gentrification you are all being exposed to you greatest fears, the fears that you looked over and act as if didn’t exist but now you live all to close and are forced to see it. The way the thugs or whatever see it is that they got a whole new crop of sweet vics and they gonna get while the getting is good. Please understand this. And yes, I have spent a lot time in the hoods of most of those places I named. Be safe out there, it ain’t all sweet.

    • yes, it’s all relative. but we live HERE. no where else. here. screw how we compare to elsewhere. or another time.

      we want better here. now.

      • DC CapHill

        YES! Thank you. Time to starting holding people accountable, and make some REAL and LASTING changes.

      • My comment was just about those who are comparing DC crime to other places and saying that it is higher. Of course we live here and we should all want the crime to stop. But to kid yourself like DC is the worst ever is ignorant.

  • I wonder if the issue here is that when all of these people lived in other big cities they were not reading a blog that informs them of every single violent crime that happened in that city. My thoughts are they probably didn’t. While PoP does a great service by providing us this information, readers of this blog are more aware of all the crime that occurs in DC; whereas, when you lived in NYC, Philly, etc., you may not have been, which may be the reason DC seems to be more violent than those cities. Just a thought.

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