Props to the Cops and a Brave Citizen – Robbery Arrest

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From MPD:

“Wednesday at approximately 2:20 PM, officers from the First District received a report of a Robbery that occurred in the 1200 Block of D Street, Northeast. The complainant was approached by two suspects who robbed the complainant of his property. A citizen in the area observed suspicious activity, followed the suspects, and reported their observations to responding officers. Following an on scene investigation by First District Detectives and the Officers, two Juvenile suspects were placed under arrest for the Robbery. The complainant’s property was recovered and returned to him.

The victim and citizen did an outstanding job of assisting the police, and the officers were right where they needed to be at the right time to bring this to a good conclusion.”

22 Comment

  • Good job! We have to keep in mind there are more of us (law-biding citizens) than there are of them (criminals) in this city. Ban together and help one another out.

    • Indeed. I wonder what suspicious activity the observer witnessed that made them decide to call the cops. I guess you just go with your gut feeling in these situations?

      • Maybe the police is just saying observed suspicious activity in their report but in fact the citizen saw the complainant get robbed?

  • He followed someone acting suspicious but he isn’t being demonized like Zimmerman was? What is the difference? ZImmerman was just unlucky that the person he was following attacked him.

    • Don’t forget to bring up walmart too. And scofflaw bikers. How did they contribute?

    • Don’t be an ass.

    • He let the police investigate it instead of taking matters (and the suspicious person’s life) into his own hands.

    • Right – s/he didn’t shoot the kids to death, but simply reported this to the police. You’re not -really- that dense, right?

    • Hey – I have to echo the sentiment “don’t be an ass”. It seems like in this scenario the citizen actually observed suspicious activity. However, Zimmerman observed the teen walking in the rain. He did not see Travyvon do anything. Also, I am assuming that the citizen in our scenario was not carrying a loaded gun. Those are big differences.

      Don’t compare a dead unarmed teenager (who WAS NOT doing anything), to two people who obviously ARE criminals.

      To compare the two situations is completely disgusting.

    • Why are you all taking the bait? This person is clearly trolling, don’t give them the satisfaction of a response

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      • Maybe, but I am not so sure. Conservatively minded people don’t seem to do the snark and sarcasm all that well. They can’t write the one and don’t understand the other.

    • Have to agree with anonymous 11:31.

      @ Anon 11:49 – GZ did call the police, and the prosecution failed to show he took matters into his own hands, aside from following what he thought was a suspicious person. Same as above. The difference was that there was an altercation before the police arrived. Here, luckily, there was no such altercation.

      @ Anon 11:52 – True, but the shooting was the result of the physical altercation. There was no physical altercation in this incident. Again, the prosecution was unable to prove that GZ instigated the altercation, and he’s allowed to defend himself.

      @ dittle – How can you discern whether the suspicious activity noted above was legitimate, or even what it was? Just because these two people were found to be criminals AFTER the police came, doesn’t mean that it was obvious that they were criminals when they were being followed. Without any sort of description of the suspicious activity, you can’t differentiate between what GZ saw and what these guys saw. In fact, you make up differences in the two scenarios seemingly for the sole purpose to distinguish this situation from the GZ/TM situation.

      If we live in a “see something say something” culture, then you get people who see “suspicious things” that aren’t suspicious, and people who see “suspicious things” that are suspicious. The TM situation was tragic. But the beginning of that whole chain of events started with GZ seeing something he considered to be suspicious. Same as the one described above.

      • +1

        This situation is EXACTLY the situation GZ was in. He reported someone that he thought was acting suspicious just like the person did in this article. And they BOTH FOLLOWED the person. GZ was not proven to have started the conflict but he just reported and followed… just like this guy did. The guy here was lucky he wasn’t attacked. This is the exact same situation.

      • +1000. this is an unfortunate reality.

        it also needs to be considered that the robbers were juveniles (a.k.a. “mere children”), and black children at that, so if it turned out that the call re: suspicious activity was just a false alarm, then our”brave citizen” is just a profiling asshole.

        this is reality, sorry guys

      • @Anonymous 12:38 – Sorry I disagree. Obviously the person here actually saw something that was truly troubling. This does not say he saw two guys walking down the street. TM was walking and talking on his phone and it was raining. I fail to see how GZ became suspicious just because of that. What burns me up is that people do not want to admit the obvious thing is that GZ was profiling this kid. I would hope if the citizen here just saw two guys walking down the street he would not find a cause for alarm. He actually saw these two do something. GZ perceived TM as suspicious because of what had occurred in neighborhood and he profiled the kid – period. To believe anything else is total nonsense. TM did not have a criminal record. This is in no way the same situation. Give me a break.

    • Did you hear of anyone getting shot and killed? I must have missed that in the write-up….. Or did I miss the part about what went down in Florida where Martin sole from Zimmerman.

  • I wonder what the press release would say if the person who followed/ reported was an undocumented immigrant. Can’t call ’em “citizen”. Maybe good deeds should convey automatic citizenship, to simplify matters.

  • This person was extremely lucky! I was robbed on D between 12th and 13th yesterday at 7:00 in the morning by two juveniles in a green minivan. There was no one around to witness and by the time the police were called and arrived they were gone. Along with my bag, keys. etc. Do have to give a HUGE thank you to the gentleman who called 911 when I was unable to.

    • I’m surprised no one was around. Usually Capitol Hill has a lot of pedestrian activity by 7am.

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