Props to the Cops – Arrests Made in Eastern Market Armed Robbery in the 700 Block of North Carolina Ave, SE

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From MPD:

The Metropolitan Police Department’s First District Detectives Office has announced that three arrests have been made in the Armed Robbery in the 700 Block of North Carolina Avenue, Southeast.

On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at approximately 8:15 am, officers from the First District responded to the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue, Southeast for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, they located an adult male in an unconscious state. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted and robbed.

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, three arrests were made in connection with the Armed Robbery.

Arrested were: 21 year-old Tommy Tyrone Branch of Fort Washington, Maryland, 18 year-old Michael Moore of Landover, Maryland, and a juvenile male.

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  • Does anyone know if the victim made a full recovery?

    • Rosied – his wife Abby is keeping a really moving blog about his recovery process if you’d like to check it out. He is far from a full-recovery, but it looks like he is making progress. There is also a place to make donations or sign up to for a shift to bring them dinner through Mothers on the Hill.

      • Was reading the blog last night – it is heartbreaking. TC Maslin will require years of recovery, so sad. It’s a miracle that he’s still here and it sounds like the injuries completely changed him physically, mentally, and personality-wise.

        God speed to their family.

        • Thanks for sharing the blog. Just devastating, strength to him and his family. I pray for swift justice to these cowardly punks.

        • Very powerful blog. The toll on the caregivers is often forgotten in these cases. It made me think of all the victims of brain injuries or stroke and their families who struggle daily without all of the community assistance. I hope Mr. Maslin recovers fully and that his family can someday put this behind them.

          • Indeed. Abby sounds like an incredibly strong woman. To deal with her husband’s condition while simultaneously caring for a young child and writing such beautiful and moving entries is just amazing. I doubt I would have responded to these events with as much grace and level-headedness as she has. Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part, but I can’t help but wonder if the attacker who turned himself in had read the blog and, realizing the extent of his actions, felt genuine remorse for what he had done.

      • Thank you very much for posting this. I’m incredibly touched, not to mention inspired by her poise, openness, and grace.

        I just tried searching for more information about what Mothers on the Hill are doing, however, it doesn’t look like I can access it since it’s a listserv. Does anyone know where I might be able to find more info? Thank you.

  • I would love to interview the perps to understand why. What led them to that moment and why did they behave so violently when it was obviously unnecessary i.e. 3 vs 1 and all for a cell phone.

    I wish there was a way to figure it out and intervene in peoples lives before such heinous crimes are committed.

    I hate when I look into some young people’s eyes and all I see is hatred and hardness. Wish I could somehow change their outlook….

    Naive, yes. But, things like this keeping happening in DC and there must be a root cause(s) that can be somehow addressed, despite the huge income inequality which I think is a large contributor.

    Sending thoughts to the victim and his family.

    • Not to sound like a dick, but income inequality is an excuse. I grew up dirt poor. We lived paycheck to paycheck and constantly had to deal with utilities being shut off. I used to babysit so I could buy food for the family – to this day, I cannot look at ramen.

      My parents didn’t encourage me to go to college – they didn’t even care if I went to high school. In fact, they couldn’t have cared less about me. My siblings and I didn’t have anyone looking out for us, not even a teacher or a neighbor. I busted my ass, worked my way through college – student loans, two jobs, etc. – and grad school. And now I own a home and have a very good job.

      I could have easily gone down the road of crime and mugged/shot/assaulted hard working people to get the things I wanted without working for them. Just because you’re poor isn’t an excuse for a lack of morals/conscience and a life of crime.

      • +1. Very, very well said!!!

      • My boss grew up in the projects in Jersey. He is about as laidback as anyone I know, but if you want to see him go on a semi-rant, just bring up the income inequality issue and its potential tie to crime and that’ll do it (short version: he agrees with you).

      • I agree that income inequality should never be an “excuse,” but I think in some situations in can be a small piece of a much larger set of factors contributing to crime–in that income inequality sometimes (not for everyone, but for some individuals) goes along with a host of other conditions, like young people not growing up in an environment where they have any positive influences in their lives, and in fact have a barrage of negative messages (from peers, parents, “society,” or whatnot) that no one cares–and therefore neither should they–that being badass is the only way to respond to their environment, and that criminal activity is acceptable and even cool. (I know it’s human nature to think that WE would steadfastly maintain our moral compass and never fall prey to any pressure to commit a crime, no matter how dysfunctional our environment, but if we really think about it, most of us probably did some stupid stuff in our teens/early 20s…likely nothing as violent and extreme, but my point is, peer pressure can influence people to do things they never thought they’d do.)

        Of course, even people who grow up with abundant money and privilege can turn out to be violent thugs (see George Hughley), so I guess it’s hard to know who’s simply an unrepentant criminal versus who could have been guided onto a different path with some positive intervention.

        • Exactly. Economic inequality is not an excuse but it’s an explanation. If your only goal is to know “who to blame” at the moment (or are comfortable accepting that there’s an easily recognizable group of inherently bad people out there) then the fact that an individual did something wrong is all that matters. If you’re really interested in making sure things like this don’t happen in general (or at least want to understand what comes with the trade-offs of having comfort in an inequal society), then the answer to “why”, while not absolving, is important.

          Most people aren’t exceptional. If you’re born into a middle class track, middling your way through it means you’re still going to be comfortable. If you’re born into an underclass track, you have to be exceptional not to be pretty much destroyed. I’m not sure how many people can knowingly feel complete dismissiveness towards blacks in general, and especially the poor, and be surprised that they not only can pick up that society literally wants them thrown away, but react to that knowledge with anti-social behavior.

        • Anonymous @12:32- I agree with you. I believe some of it is simply following stupid people. The article stated that one of the guys is from Ft. Washington, MD which isn’t a bad area. I’m willing to bet that he comes from a pretty decent home, but he wants to fit in with the crowd. Sad.

          • There are people struggling with poverty and/or lack of positive role models everywhere, including Ft. Washington — and not all of Ft. Washington looks like Tantallon. But sure, it’s possible he didn’t face quite the same challenges as a kid growing up in Benning Terrace.

      • That’s great, but what about the role that hard drug abuse, especially crack cocaine, have had in breaking down the parental authority structure in these neighborhoods? Your parents may not have cared, but were they doing crack right in front of you? Unfortunately, that’s the sort of background that a lot of these kids have.

    • i agree. just yesterday, i was walking down u street at 1:30pm and three kids, around high school age that *should* have been in school at the time, crossed my path. one of them looked at me, and for no provoked reason, said, “i want to put that bitch in the cemetery!” what the eff??

      • I am anything but a violent person but there are days when I want to buy a taser to zap these punk-*** brats when they talk trash to me or say something threatening to my wife. I’ve f**king had it.

  • I agree and thanks for sharing that perspective.

    So what is it then?

  • I guess it’s up to me to be churlish, BUT….

    great that the cops got these guys. However, if you read the full account of the arrests it’s a classic example of the disfunction in this city. These three guys moved on to rob three other people at gunpoint at 18th and S NW later that night, and it was only then that they were apprehended. And, according to the WP, they were released while awaiting trial for that robbery.

    So, we have a town full of armed thugs who beat and rob at will, a police force that seems completely incapable of PREVENTING these types of incidents, and a judicial system that think it’s just fine to let three guys who were arrested for armed robbery back on the streets while awaiting trial.

    • It’s because the people get the government they want and deserve. Are you hearing an outpouring of protest over the judicial system? Do District residents demand that the Mayor and Councilmembers make an issue out of crime? Me thinks not.

    • Let’s be fair — the suspects were arrested for a separate crime, and the decision to grant bail and at what amount has little to do with the police — that’s the DA’s turf. The detectives may not have had any evidence linking the suspects involved in two separate crimes across town. At the time of the Hill incident, it was unknown how many assailants were involved, so the fact that three were arrested for a crime across town is not an obvious smoking gun.

      Given the weak evidence in the aftermath of the incident (grainy video of poor resolution, no witnesses), I’m amazed the police were able to make an arrest in this case at all.

      • “Let’s be fair — the suspects were arrested for a separate crime, and the decision to grant bail and at what amount has little to do with the police — that’s the DA’s turf.”

        Not true. The U.S. Attorney can ask for suspects to be held, however the judge ultimately makes the decision with input from the U.S. Attorney, the defense, and Pre-Trial Services.

        • You’re right. What I mistated was that it’s in legal system (ie court, prosecution) that makes the determination. Not the police officers who did commendable work in making an arrest.

      • apparently one of the boys turned himself in

      • WTOP is reporting that all 3 suspects were living under some sort of house-arrest type of monitoring (and might have been wearing monitoring bracelets at the time of the crime). If so, it’s yet another black-eye on DC’s criminal justice system.

  • This is GREAT news!
    Unfortunatley if they turned themselves in that means DC will put them back on the street in 4 months.

    • I don’t think so. If that blog is read in court, these MEN should be looking at hard time which is what they deserve for senselessly beating an innocent family man within an inch of his life.

      Criminals here do not value human life at all. While this crime appears to be motivated by theft, I wonder if the savage beatings that occur all the time reflect a joy at the sense of power destroying another person gives.

  • Abby is my new hero. The strenght, love and determination are amazing and unfathomable.
    Please PoPville, lets find an ounce of Abby in each of us and write our CM and Mayor. This has to stop. We need justice and transformation.
    An aquatinence suffered similar life altering (nearly ending) injuries at the hands of some of DC’s ‘finest’ young people. He has recovered but the city hasn’t with the continuation of these crimes.

    Enough is freaking enough!

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