Video of Person of Interest Released in Connection with Incident where Reader’s Mother was Attacked in Capitol Hill, Another Woman Cut on the Neck in Robbery Nearby Last Night

From MPD:

“On May 15, 2014, at around 10:30PM, First District officers were dispatched to a radio run in the 200 block of 9th Street, Northeast, to “Investigate the Trouble.” When the officers arrived on the scene, they located a victim suffering from a laceration to the neck area. During the investigation, it was learned that while the victim was walking northbound in the 300 block of C Street, Southeast, she was approached by a subject described as a black male wearing dark clothes, 30-40 years old, 5’10”, stocky build, short hair, who grabbed her and demanded her purse. The complainant later discovered the suspect cut her on the neck with an unknown object during the robbery.

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest captured in this just released video regarding this case.

This robbery is being actively investigated by the First District Detectives Unit, who can be contacted on (202) 299-2025. Anyone with information can also call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging to 50411. Additionally, please call 911 if you observe suspicious persons, vehicles or activities in the community.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department, First District is investigating an Armed Robbery that occurred in the 200 block of 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC.

At approximately 9:45 PM, Officers received a call regarding an investigate the trouble for an individual screaming for help. Upon arrival, MPDC officers located a victim who reported that she was approached by a suspect who grabbed her, brandished a knife and announced a robbery. During the robbery, the victim was cut on the side of her neck.

The lookout for the suspect in this offense is a Black Male approximately 5’7” – 5’8” in height with a muscular build, balding head, and was wearing a light colored long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

If anyone witnessed someone fitting this description, the event, or locates any property in the area that they feel is suspicious such as a purse, wallet, or identification cards that were discarded, we are asking that you call MPDC and report this information on (202) 727-9099 or dial 911 if you need an officer to respond.

As many of you may know, we had a similar incident last Friday at 9th & C St SE, where the female victim was cut on her neck during the robbery. The tactics in both cases are similar, however we have not confirmed that the same individual \is responsible for both offenses.

The detectives are diligently working to ascertain if there is in fact a correlation. In the interim, we have allocated additional resources to this area for increased visibility and security. As more details become available regarding the progress of the case(s) I will provide them via this venue.”


“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest believed to be involved with two Assaults and Robberies while Armed (Knife) offenses.

In each of these cases, a subject has approached a woman while armed with a knife or blade and demanded their property and subsequently cut the victims.

The offenses took place on the following dates:

· Thursday, May 15, 2014, at approximately 10:15 pm, at 9th and C Streets, SE.
· Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at approximately 9:45 pm, in the 200 block of 8th Street, NE.

A person of interest who is being sought in connection with these offenses is described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, between 5’7 and 5’9 in height, stocky/athletic build and with either short hair or bald.”

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  • Crap. This is on my walk home!

    • This is on my block! I heard the screams but thought they were from someone horsing around with her boyfriend or whatever. I feel awful for not calling the police, but the area was swarming with cop cars a couple minutes later so I guess it wouldn’t have made a difference. I’m really surprised they didn’t catch the guy! That street is so busy in the evenings and it wasn’t that late (one of the reasons the scream didn’t raise a red flag for me– I’m always hearing noises like that).

  • Are DC police doing ANYTHING? Will there be a PRESENCE at Eastern Market Metro? Because between the DOZENS of break-ins/vandalism that happens in this area PER WEEK and the robbings/stabbings, it sounds like they’re DOING SHIT! WE TIRED OF THIS SHIT!!!

    • They are doing as much as they can. The same as they do in the other high crime areas all over the city.

      • I live in the area and would be totally fine with them installing surveillance cameras on the streets and in the alleys.

      • I asked a question like this in the “ask a cop” discussion a couple days ago. He said it’s really up to the judicial system to make sure criminals are convicted and the penalties are harsher. The less likely they are to get caught or suffer terrible consquences the more likely they are to commit crimes.
        That said, I would not be opposed to MPD installing high definition security cameras all over the place. Ones where the footage actually shows the person commiting the crime in an identifiable way.

        • I am no expert on the subject, but don’t statistics show that harsher penalties and longer sentences do not actually serve as a deterrent for crime?

          • I don’t know. Maybe the guy was just trying to pass the blame onto someone else. 😉 But there are a lot of foot and bike patrol officers around this area, so it’s not like that’s helping.

          • Two points: First: So the possibility of spending one year vs. one night in jail would not deter a potential crimianl? I don’t think so. And second: a violent criminal in jail is one less violent criminal on the street. And the longer the jail time the better, and thus, a lower crime rate.

            Don’t make simple things pointlessly complex.

          • There’s a weak correlation between the severity of the penalty and crime deterrence, but there’s a stronger correlation between the likelihood of being caught and crime deterrence. People are really terrible at predicting future costs, but they’re very responsive to immediate consequences. Which is another argument in favor of more police patrols in the area.

          • I agree with you Anon 12:08, but I wasn’t speaking to the likelihood of getting caught. I was responding to the paraphrased officer passing the buck to the criminal justice system for convictions and harsher penalties. As I said, harsher penalties don’t seem to deter crime (so on this we agree). Failure to get a conviction could be the fault of the prosecutor, but I would bet much of the time it is due to loopholes caused by missteps made by officers or an overall lack of evidence. But even if a criminal “gets off,” he or she was still “caught.”

            Anyway, the main point being that we should not always take what we hear as gospel. Cops arrest criminals, but that doesn’t mean they are experts on how the criminal justice system functions or that they even understand criminal law beyond the basics.

          • A longer sentence will keep a criminal off the streets for a longer period of time, but they’re just as likely to get out and do it again….unless of course the sentence is decades long. For most street thugs, going to jail is just a fact of life. I doubt anyone is thinking about possible penalties for different types of crime when they’ve got the lure of the quick payoff. There’s a small chance they’ll get caught and a much bigger chance they’ll end up with more money in their pocket and shiny toys. If we make it more likely they’ll get caught, perhaps criminal activity will be less appealing.

            And on a somewhat unrelated note, while I’m generally all for reintegration assistance and providing job opportunities for ex-felons, looking at that dude’s car, it’s clear he isn’t stealing cuz he can’t put food on the table otherwise.

          • It’s been a long time since Criminology, but as I recall the correlation between harsh punishment and deterrence of future crime was weak under the current system. Because deterrence is correlated with punishment being “swift, sure and severe.” Under the current system punishment is not meted out swiftly, It is rarely severe and it is anything but sure that you will be prosecuted for any crimes you commit.

        • sounds like an awfully self-serving analysis from mr. cop.

        • Funny, because there’s actually a growing movement toward reduced sentences and decriminalization of certain offenses. Actually, maybe it’s not funny.

          • Well, I would hope that a violent robbery is not one of those “certain offenses” you speak of.

      • No, they are not doing as much as they can. When you have two virtually identical crimes happen in the same spot within a week that is a sign of a serious lack of police protection, not to mention that it hasn’t occurred to anyone on MPD that the block needs some extra scrutiny on weeknights around 9 pm.

  • Definitely something weird going on in the Eastern Market area. Stay safe everyone.

    • I usually walk up 7th Street instead of 8th if it’s late at night (although the time this incident happened would be a grey area where I might just stay on 8th). 7th is busier with restaurants and bars that are open late so I feel much safer there. I wish the Hine would get redeveloped already; I think that would go a long way in reducing street crime in that immediate area.

  • I lived on Lincoln Park and walked home past 8th St every night for 5 years (sometimes after dark). I never ever felt threatened. Hopefully this is a fluke thing!!! Unfortunately it appears as if the guy(s) are targeting women. Maybe it is just some whacko with a few screws lose.

  • Two ongoing issues with 8th Street that exacerbate the potential for crime. 1) the vacant Hine Jr. High School; and, 2) the 90 and 92 bus lines that run up 8th street making it a short hope from some rather rough neighborhoods to a more wealthy one for easy pickings. Anybody who has seen the unprovoked fights/shouting/threats break out at the 90/92 bus stop in front of the Starbucks at Eastern Market probably aren’t surprised that this happened only a few blocks away.

    • I actually feel safer because of the buses. Aside from the fact that they drop me off right in front of my house (no late night walks from the metro!) they ensure that there are always a lot of pedestrians out on the street which deters crime. Once the Hine is redeveloped it will help even more in that respect. There are some craaaaazy people that ride that bus but they seem contained to the Starbucks stop or points beyond.

      • Also, although there are some rowdy or sketchy-looking people on the bus, hanging around the Hine, or living in the housing projects that someone mentioned in the other thread, there’s usually a video of the suspect driving a car after these violent crimes happen. So it seems unlikely they got here via bus or just wandered over.

      • If you actually feel safer because of the 90/92 bus, then you must’ve just moved here from Syria.

        • I’m sorry, do you not like poor people?

          • No, I definitely wouldn’t say that. But I do hate poverty. It does terrible things to people. A lot of folks around here almost celebrate poverty, as if it’s something that we should embrace.

          • So you’re a NIMBY.
            I ride the 90/92 and it’s a huge mix of people, but predominately moms with adorable kids.

          • I don’t ride the 90 buses often, but on the times I have, I’ve seen someone get pickpocketed and seen a melee. I’m sure it’s better during the daylight hours, but sheesh.

          • “I’m sorry, do you not like poor people?”

            i’m impressed how you included a prejudice and a stereotype in one sentence!

          • There are weirdos on the bus for sure. But I don’t understand why/how one would get off the bus, commit a robbery, and then flee via car.

          • Right, because there’s nothing prejudiced about comparing a bus serving low-income communities to Syria.

          • Poverty rarely correlates with positive things.

  • I’m having a hard time making out exactly what’s happening in this video. The person of interest pulls up and starts pumping gas, then starts pumping gas in another vehicle, then leaves. Strange.

    • I agree. The video is quite peculiar. Helpful I am sure, but confusing to watch. Did he use that woman’s credit card there?

      • Agree that it’s strange. And where was this footage taken? Not at any of the gas stations nearby.

    • The person is pumping gas for his car and hustling cash to pump it for other people’s cars at a discount. It’s a common tactic for stolen credit cards where the thief wants to get maximum return on the credit card before it’s cancelled. He’s a moron for many reasons, but in this case because 1) he doesn’t realize that he’s pointing the police to his whereabouts and giving time/date evidence for the credit card transactions and 2) he’s providing visual evidence when he’s captured on video. I suspect the station attendant didn’t call the police as immediately (or at all) after witnessing this behavior — if it was the same person the second incident could have been avoided.

      • I didn’t even know about this tactic but I’d be very sketched out and suspicious if someone gave me that offer. What is wrong with people?

        • I was unaware of this practice as well, but now that I know about it and what it looks like, I’ll be sure to call 911 if I see it. I had my credit card compromised recently, and these bastards deserve some very nasty and torturous slow death.

        • thief thinks gas station will work because he dips the card, not an employee. Gas is expensive, so maybe another driver will accept a discount even if they know it’s off a stolen card (person just filling tank didn’t steal it and doesn’t know if it was a pickpocket vs. AWD burglary — they don’t ask). Gas stations get ripped off all the time. They’re open all hours and people try to drive off without paying. They all have cameras. An employee watching someone do that without reporting it is pretty scummy.

        • i think we should run through a list of old standby scams that people who just moved here don’t seem to know about. it could really help since some are so common people like me just assume everyone has heard of them.

          • +1 million. Because there are a lot of them.

          • I’ve been hear a decade and thought I heard them all but this tactic is new to me. It’s not often that I’m out pumping gas though.

          • Good idea: don’t buy meat from a guy in a truck that says he has extra, he’ll swap out the meat he shows you for low grade meat. Don’t buy speakers from a guy in a van, the speakers aren’t stolen, just really crappy.

          • don’t know what it is about gas stations and scams — maybe it’s being a captive audience for 2-3 minutes while pumping whereo someone can lay a story on you to squeeze out a few bucks. You don’t need a list of scams — the answer is always “no”.

  • re: the video. The person of interest is more than likely offering to pump other customers gas for them at a reduced price. He uses the stolen credit card and then pockets the cash.

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