Woman Robbed at Gunpoint around 4:45pm Monday on Capitol Hill

A reader passes on word from Mothers on the Hill:

“We ran into a scene of cops helping a young woman who was just robbed at gunpoint by a car going south in 14th st SE between Independence ave and SC ave SE. She was on foot herself, and not physically hurt but shaken up by the event, around 4pm Monday.”

From MPD:

“Armed Robbery-Gun at 200 block of 14th St. SE. around 4:45pm. Armed individual exited black unknown car model (possibly Charger) with unknown temp tags. Complainant’s purse was taken. No injuries. Additional police officers will continue to patrol this area.”

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  • Before everyone starts bashing Capitol Hill I just want to point out that this did not actually occur in Capitol Hill.

    • most people would call that capitol hill.

    • From the national park service website: “The Capitol Hill Historic District is bounded by Virginia Ave., SE.; S. Capitol, 2nd Street and and F Sts., NE.; and 14th Sts., SE & NE.”

      And from Capital Hill Wikipedia page: ” Roughly bounded by Virginia Ave., SE., S. Capitol St., F St. NE., and 14th Sts. SE & NE”

      So this would qualify. I assume you are using a different definition of Capital hill. Not being snarky, just wondering what your definition is.

    • A lot of people confuse the smaller official boundaries of the historic district with the larger unofficial boundaries of the neighborhood.

    • Oh, hey now, don’t you dare question PoP’s neighborhood boundaries!

    • You want it when selling a house but not when there are stabbings. Pick one.

    • The press said the shooting at Park Morton happened in Petworth, but it obviously didn’t. Park Morton is in Park View.

  • brookland_rez

    Charger with temp plates? Big surprise.

  • @Anon9:09am – Huh? Maybe not on Capitol Hill according to the official boundaries on the map, but it is effectively still Capitol Hill.

    This is just another example for 2014 of the annual summer crime increase on the Hill that MPD never seems appropriately prepared for by putting out visible patrols. Then after the increase takes place they take some responsive actions (there is now a camera system on C St where one of the knife attacks took place) and Wells calls for and holds a community safety meeting.

    Play, rewind, repeat…look back at POP archives, the same thing seems to happen every year. When are the folks in command at MPD actually going to take proactive steps and have more visible patrols in the spring and summer?

  • It’s CapitOL Hill. With an O. And yes, I believe this is all “approx” Capitol Hill area. And what REALLY should be BASHED is the LAZY POLICE FORCE in the area. I’m TIRED OF THIS SHIT!!! WTF is wrong? This wasn’t happening THIS much a year ago. It’s one horrible thing right after the other. It’s really sad that I love my house so much and I want to move to be safe.

    • justinbc

      The majority of the crimes in this area lately seem to have occurred late at night (this one being an obvious exception). If you’re afraid to go outside, just try to limit it to daytime hours I guess?

      • not true — there was an armed robbery (gun) at 12 and D NE on Sat. at 5:20 pm. This incident on 14th St. occured at 4:45 pm. Even the slasher/robberies occurred between 8-10 pm, not exactly late night.

    • I don’t know, I moved in 2013 after living a few blocks north of here for two years. Multiple armed carjackings during the day within a few blocks(7:30 in the morning, 3:30 in the afternoon while a lady was unloading her baby), the neighbor shot in his car coming home on a Saturday night up on C st, multiple neighbors with robberies, some smash and grabs but also forced entry while people were home (at 14th and C NE) People getting beat up walking down the sidewalk. This seems pretty standard from when I lived there.

      I loved the neighborhood, but it isn’t super dense so you end up alone most of the time when you are walking around.

      • That area around 14th/15th and C, NE, is a disaster. And it has little to do with Maryland.

        • That funky corner store attracts a bad element and that one ABSOLUTELY crazy family on the SW corner of 14th and C. is gone…

    • I assure you that the police are doing their jobs. While this crime is upsetting, we’re also dealing with a large amount of murders across the river which has taken some resources also. So while any crime is bad, and armed crime is worse, and armed crime in daylight is much worse, we need to also understand that there are people being shot and killed in the District and we are fighting hard to stop it and asking for the community to help us with that effort.

  • I think it’s time to set up checkpoints at the MD border.

    • All Maryland tagged cars must be searched before entering the district. I agree.

    • But then Lauriol Plaza and STK would close!

      • Lauriol Plaza? Think you whiffed on that one.

        • Nope. As Lauriol’s neighbor that is spot on. Maryland plates exclusively in that valet lot and a decidedly PG crowd.

          • Gotta disagree. Lauriol Plaza is otherwise known as the Embassy of Virginia for a good reason.

          • Have any of you actually been to PG County? It’s a pretty big and diverse area. It’s still one of the wealthiest black counties in the nation, so when you make these blanket statements, it’s extremely insulting. It’s like everyone assuming the ‘undesirable’ areas of DC must be indicative of the entire city. This was an awful incident and I feel terrible for the woman, but must we have this type of discussion every time something bad happens in the city? Threads like this are one thing I absolutely hate about POP, and I really enjoy reading this blog.

          • I got into a discussion last week with a couple PoPville commenters who couldn’t believe I thought PG County was a nice place to live. If I had to live in the suburbs it would certainly be my first choice.
            That said, as a Capitol Hill resident I can’t help but notice almost all the crime is coming from there.

          • Jen Jen and Anonymous, I guess it depends where in PG County.
            I went to grad school at the University of Maryland after spending a year in Japan. When I first drove down that stretch of Route 1 from the Beltway, it was so ugly that my first thought was “Aaaack! Should I have stayed in Japan??”
            Route 1 has improved a lot since then… but much of close-in PG County is unattractive.

          • Have you been down route 1 in NoVA? Now THAT is sketchy…

          • justinbc

            I just drove down Rt 1 in Virginia yesterday, all the way down to Fort Belvoir. What’s sketchy about that stretch of highway? It’s just one strip mall after another…

          • It’s incredibly depressed-looking. Those strip malls are very run-down or vacant. And according to my co-worker who lives down there, nearly everyone walks around with a gun strapped to their belt.

          • Some of the strip malls on Route 1 in Northern Virginia look a bit downtrodden… but for the most part, it’s big-box stores, as Justin noted.
            Route 1 in Maryland has improved dramatically in recent years, but it used to be that one of the first things you saw as you drove south from the Beltway was a little shack/house with a huge sign reading “BAIL BONDS.”
            You might think Route 1 in Northern Virginia looks economically depressed now, but Route 1 in Maryland in the early/mid-2000s looked much, much more depressed.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, I dunno about who’s packing down there, but I can tell you that Su Pollo Restaurant makes some legit Peruvian chicken for cheap.

          • brookland_rez

            Been in the area 10 years. Like Justin said, Rt 1 in VA is just a bunch of strip malls. There’s a number of cheap apartment complexes that appeal to the large Hispanic population there. Not sketchy IMO, just predominantly working class area with stores reflective of that. It’s ugly 1960 suburbia commercial area that has been slowly revitalized with a plethora of newer big box stores.
            RE Rt 1 in MD, when I got here, before the development was built in Hyattsville, it was all used car lots and bail bonds places. Not particularly sketchy, just kind of tired and down and out. Hyattsville is definitely improving, however the stretch between Hyattsville and DC is pretty bleak. But I like that in a way. I like to ride through there on my motorcycle and feel like I’m in some kind of post apocalyptic mad max wasteland. For the betterment of PG county’s tax base, hopefully it gets revitalized. However given the fact that their latest county development plan is pushing for more sprawl outside the beltway, it probably won’t change. Sigh. I will PG could learn from Arlington and try to develop in a smart way around their metro stops.

          • I had my license plates stolen from a strip mall on Route 1 in VA. Some are seedier than others.

        • msmaryedith

          Sorry, Jay, anon is right. As my boyfriend and I walked by their valet lot yesterday I looked in and starting announcing the tags–MD, MD, MD, MD, MD, MD, MD, MD, MD, MD. Not a single DC or VA tag in sight. And on the 1700 block of T street, you are virtually guaranteed never to find a spot during Lauriol open hours bc of all the MD tagged vehicles.

          • justinbc

            I’m guessing the young folks in Arlington just Metro in? LP is relatively close to Dupont metro.

          • msmaryedith

            justinbc, I guess so. I’m amazed at how many clearly intoxicated people stumble to their MD plate cars as Lauriol closes, generally making a lot of noise in the process. I wish more of their patrons would metro since it’s clear they go largely for pitchers of margaritas and have a considerable drive home.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, with the amount of transportation options available here now there’s really no excuse to drive home wasted (not that that was a legitimate one to begin with, but people love to explain away the cost of a cab).

          • Justin, I guess you haven’t ventured very far outside of the city. Most of Arlington has good public transit, but other suburbanites don’t have any options except driving when it comes to getting home. It’s not like DC– the few buses that operate out in the ‘burbs are very infrequent and unreliable.

          • justinbc

            I never implied anything to the contrary. I used to live in McLean, before there was any hint of a Silver Line. My point was there’s no excuse for driving home drunk, not that there was no excuse to drive into the city.

          • msmaryedith

            Exactly, justinbc. Just because you live in the ‘burbs doesn’t mean you’re exempted from the whole don’t-drink-and-drive thing. If you live somewhere where there is no public transportation to and from where you want to go, you either:
            a) don’t drink, and drive in,
            b) drink, but have a designated driver, or
            c) suck it up and pay for a cab
            Those are your options, period. Just because you live far out doesn’t mean you get to drink and drive. And I really think a LOT of people coming in from the burbs and drinking heavily drive to get to their DC destination and back, and that’s frightening.

          • In my experience (although this was pre-Uber) cabs refuse to go out to the suburbs.

    • Lol… ending all crime in dc right?

      And this is cap hill… regardless of what technical things you come up with…. i mean its one block off of lincoln park. thats on the hill

      and this is crazy, i jog through that intersection at least a few times a day and while it isnt as nice on that side of the park this intersection in paticular is typically very quiet with no one around

      • It certainly wouldn’t end all crime in the district. However, much of the violent crime in this area is perpetrated by Maryland residents. Especially a lot of the jump out of car and rob someone variety. The carjacking waive we had a couple of years ago was all Maryland folks. The TC Masilin beating, the carjacking with the “bump the car with another car and when the driver gets out to swap info, jump in and drive off with their car m.o. All Maryland.

        • justinbc

          OK, but how would setting up a checkpoint at the border prevent the car bumping scam that happened in the past? Or so many other crimes that get blamed on MD (many rightfully so)? I just don’t know what you expect police to do that would have potentially prevented this crime. Even if a police officer had been right there standing on this block, the driver could have just gone 2 blocks down and found a different target.

          • Not actually advocating for it, just wishing for it.

          • It’s frustrating though. I feel like certain MD folks see Capitol Hill as their own personal ATM. Drive in, attack someone, and drive home with a shiny new stack of credit cards.

        • I guess that push em out to Maryland thing isn’t working out to well with you guys. Checkpoints to enter the District? Hilarious, good luck with that.

        • Even if all crime in D.C. were perpetrated by MD residents, surely it’s a small fraction of MD residents who are criminals. No?

          • Just tear down the bridges over the anacostia.

          • Of course it is. But what to do about the small percentage of MD residents that are responsible for a large percentage of Capitol Hill crimes?

      • The last time I jogged down that street (probably 2 months ago in the middle of a weekend day), I actually felt a little iffy about it. I remember wanting to take a walk break and instead picking up my pace and taking out my earbuds. It felt kind of desolate with a not so nice looking dude or two walking around.

        • brookland_rez

          You should feel that way anywhere in the city. Not smart to walk around with ear buds in. And you should always be aware of your surroundings. Call me paranoid, but I’ve been here 10 years and have never once had an incident (knock on wood).

          • The only time I wear them walking is once in a long while walking home from my office in Longworth to home on Constitution, only 2 blocks of which doesn’t have a Capitol Police presence and I constantly look over my shoulder. I often don’t even wear them running unless I’m running on the Mall and want to zone out the tourists. In this case, most of my run was on East Capitol and pretty well trafficked parts of Capitol Hill.

        • Oh god. You think *that* block is sketchy? With a church, row houses with nicely maintained gardens, and the condo row across the street? Did we really get priced out of the neighborhood by people like you?

          • People like me? I was a young woman by myself. I had a bad feeling. It wasn’t based on the houses or the appearance of the neighborhood. I thought it was totally safe but when i was a block or two down Mass off of the park, I just felt uncomfortable, and I remember it after this long specifically, because it didn’t necessarily make logical sense. Maybe someone else would feel differently, but that’s how I felt.

          • I am also a young woman. I used to walk that block all the time, alone, often at night. I get that everyone has different tolerance levels, but I don’t understand why you’d choose to live in area that you’re afraid to walk around in. I feel like my neighborhood has been gobbled up by fearful people who have no interest in building relationships with the existing community. It’s not fair to put that all on you though – sorry for that.

          • meh whatever. people should trust their instincts.

          • Yeah, sure. Trust your instincts. Always be alert. But maybe don’t move into a neighborhood where your instincts are frequently telling you it’s dangerous to walk on the sidewalk.

          • economics sometimes put us at odds with safe choices in neighborhoods. don’t you worry about it.

          • justinbc

            There is a mild bit of irony in arguing about the perceived safety of a block within the comments section of an article about an armed robbery on said block.

  • brookland_rez

    I know it can be a bit disconcerting when something like this happens. I spent a couple of years in a high crime area of South America, as well as living 10 years here. The important thing to remember is criminals look for easy targets. You have to make sure you don’t stand out as one. So if you’re a woman, petite male, white, or any combination of the three, you have to take extra steps to be safe. This means don’t walk/jog with earbuds in, don’t walk around texting, don’t walk around looking lost or nervous about your surroundings. Walk and carry yourself in a way that says “I know where I’m going, get outta my way!” Make eye contact with people. Do it briefly to acknowledge you see them, then immediately lose contact. If you maintain contact it could be taken as a threat. If you see a group of kids that look up to no good, either cross the street or traverse the group ready to fight. Carry some kind of weapon to use as a last resort. Knives are legal in DC.

    • brookland_rez

      Oh yeah, cars with temp plates are usually up to no good. There was a time when all the used car lots on Bladensburg Rd would sell temp plates to criminals so they couldn’t be traced. Like the one that used to be where the Denny’s is. That one specifically I remember being busted for that, which is why it shut down. I suspect a lot of that type of business has moved to PG county.

    • “The important thing to remember is criminals look for easy targets. You have to make sure you don’t stand out as one. So if you’re a woman, petite male, white, or any combination of the three, you have to take extra steps to be safe.”

      It’d be great if this were actually true rather than an obnoxious mix of culturally influenced narcissism and paranoia.

    • why does white = easy target?

      • brookland_rez

        Not all by itself, but combined with female, petite male, and looking clueless or lost or absorbed in your smart phone, yes.

        • brookland_rez

          Also, white combined with a Lacoste shirt, loafers, nice watch. I’m not knocking how people choose to dress, but if you’re a typical preppy looking white guy that looks like he got lost leaving Jos A Banks in Georgetown, yes you’re going to stand out as a potential target in a lot of parts of DC. If you look like that and you traverse those parts of the city, be extra aware and take the earbuds out and put the phone away.

        • you know more non whites are victims of crime in dc than whites, right?

      • brookland_rez

        In some parts of DC, being white combined with an athletic build, shaved head, tattoos, etc. they might think you’re a cop and leave you alone to avoid a shoot out. After all, why would an ordinary white guy traverse these parts, is what they’re thinking.

      • brookland_rez

        white = easy target in majority black neighborhoods too because they will think you’re not from the hood and therefore aren’t aware of the potential threats. That’s why you have to be extra cautious and carry yourself in a way that goes in counter to their first assumptions.

        • brookland_rez

          Also, white in transitioning neighborhoods because there’s always going to be some people that are pissed that whites are “taking over” the neighborhood. Most no. Just a few random crazy people that decide to take their anger out on you. Don’t look like a target to those people.

        • Capitol Hill isn’t a majority black neighborhood. Not by a long shot.

  • I’ve noticed a significant drop in police around the Lincoln Park area. There used to be at least one car there every day. Same with bike patrols. I see less and less now. Either they are being transferred elsewhere or the city is low on police to patrol areas. This is the same type of car spotted in other robberies lately right?

    I don’t really see 14th & 15th SE as being any more “iffy” than the crap we as residents have to put up with on 7th SE and D St SE while just walking down the block. And there are police present in that area.

    • Agree 100% with this. While I recognize that there “may be cops out there, but you just can’t see them b/c they are unmarked,” there has been a noticeable decrease in the level of visible police presence in the area outside of a car driving by. The bike patrols that used to be common are gone, and I haven’t seen an officer walk around in years.

      It seems like the past two district commanders for MPD-1D have not been as proactive as their predecessor (who’s name I can’t remember).

      • justinbc

        I’ve seen multiple cops on bikes in Capitol Hill in the past week or two. They are definitely not gone.

        • Perhaps they’re moving west, since there appears to be a spike near Eastern Market? I live in the pretty close in side of NE and have noticed quite a few cops in cars and on bikes. I even had one escort me home when I looked uncomfortable walking from the bars on Penn on a weeknight around 8ish (I was walking in the street instead of the not very well lit sidewalk). He’d ride ahead for a block or two and double back, so he didn’t abandon his patrol but made sure I felt safe.

    • Yes, i notice less cars and bicycle patrols as well the past month or so
      i do however see officers on foot now

  • From the Cap Hill listserv:

    Ward 6 Community Meeting on Public Safety & Recent Robberies

    Dear neighbor,

    In response to the recent violent robberies in Ward 6, Councilmember Tommy Wells and members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will hold a public community meeting on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30pm at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Please help spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors.

    Since the incidents occurred, Councilmember Wells has been in direct contact with MPD and they have immediately increased foot, car and bike patrols in the area.

    WHAT: Ward 6 Community Meeting on Public Safety & Recent Robberies

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

    WHERE: The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE • Washington, DC 20003

    QUESTIONS: Contact Kouri Marshall, Senior Advisor & Director of External Affairs at 202.727.8272 or kmarshall@…

    Yours Truly,

    Julia Robey Christian
    Communications Director
    Office of Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells
    1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 402
    Washington, DC 20004
    Phone: 202-724-8072
    Fax: 202-724-8054

  • Oddly enough I was in picnicking in Lincoln Park on the NE side yesterday and noticed a series of police cars, 10-12 in a row heading west at about 3:30 or so. So at least yesterday there were patrols out and about. I wouldn’t have noticed had they not all been together and driving quite quick. I wondered what was going on but they were going in the opposite direction of where this latest incident happened.

  • I’m constantly amazed at popville’s ability to set new records in ignorance.

    I grew up in PG and I experienced and continue to experience the bias and prejudice of an entire metro area because of that.

    Guess what? The criminals in pg mostly live within a small area inside the beltway. Pg is a big place and it’s idiotic to be so prejudiced.

    Many people point out that it’s the wealthiest black county in the country… It’s also well above the national average… WELL above.

    Dc has tons of problem citizens and still a lot of crime in areas. It’s not all done by md residents and it’s unfair to characterize all dc residents and neighborhoods by the problem people/areas.

    You guys sound as dumb and as racist as wtop commenters from the exurbs.

    And, btw I’m an upper middle class privileged white guy… So that runs counter to yor stereotypes already .

    • I don’t think anyone is saying that PG County is teeming with criminals, rather that most of the violent crime happening is Capitol Hill is caused by people from PG County (which is simply a fact).

    • justinbc

      So you’re saying that all the criminals in PG county live in one small area of PG county and it’s not fair to project that among the rest of PG county residents? I don’t see anyone here stating anything to the contrary, or implying that we should obliterate PG county from existence because it’s such a terrible place to be. I once heard a wise old guy at the DMV tell someone “if you’re always inferring negative things about what people say, then perhaps that says something about how you perceive your behavior as well”.

      • I disagree! And it’s pretty clear its code word for “black people”.

        • justinbc

          I honestly have no idea what the statistics are in terms of who’s committing the crimes in Capitol Hill. Someone above says it’s “fact”, hopefully they’ll provide what the facts are with respect to 1) place of residence of person committing crime, and 2) race of person committing crime. Only with that info can someone really determine that the majority of crimes being committed in Capitol Hill are done by “black people from PG county”.

      • Justin. Shut up. don’t play dumb and be patronizing. If you don’t infer negativity from many of these comments and more than you’re either simple minded, naive , or intentionally obtuse. After reading comment after comment of yours I’m at a loss of which combination of these things you are.

      • brookland_rez

        I agree with Justin. People need to quit taking everything so seriously. PG has a lot of nice parts. Personally, I like Hyattsville and Mt Rainier. Franklins in Hyattsville has some great beer and food. But a lot of parts of PG have a deservably bad reputation. But even in those parts, the majority are just good hard workkng people. The criminal element is the mjnority, but they do cause a lot of trouble in PG and parts of DC.

        • brookland_rez

          I will also say that the bad parts of PG aren’t much different than some of the areas of DC I have lived in. Even in “bad” neighborhoods where I’ve lived, most people were just good honest people. The bad element was the minority. But it was definitely there, hence the need for good street smarts. I will even go as far to say that I prefer the average black resident in bad neighborhoods to a lot of the entitled white people I see moving in around me. Some of my best, most genuine friends in DC are black people. A lot of white people here I find aloof and hard to connect and have something in common with. As one of my black friends always says, “back in the day, GA Ave was all the way alive. Now that all the yuppies are moving in, it’s cleaning up, but God it’s so dull”. I guess I prefer “all the way alive” to dull and boring. Maybe I should move to PG county. If it weren’t for the fact that I hate suburbia and long commutes, I would consider it.

          • Communting from PG is not bad at all compared to the other suburbs. The traffic is really light and it’s also a lot closer to the parts of DC where people work.

          • brookland_rez

            I agree that traffic in PG is not that bad compared to Nova. Except for 295. That road is always a mess.
            I take issue with PG county’s whole approach to development, and to a larger extent, suburbia. It’s just not sustainable in the long run, and this is painfully obvious in Nova. Yet PG keeps pushing for more greenfield development outside the beltway. They way they’re going, traffic is going to be at Nova levels in 10 years. Nova has started to learn from their mistakes by building up around the silver line and redevelopment efforts like Springfield Town Center. Yet PG continues to allow developers to build more sprawl.
            I miss some of the culture of the old DC, but there is no way I would follow it out to PG.

          • I’m Black. Wish I could afford to live near you!

    • +All my votes for the rest of the week…There are some very small minded people on here. Really hate to think that I may be rubbing elbows at bars with some of them…..So many undertone racists comments on here that its insane.

      • Ok, I’m confused as to why it’s so offensive to notice that a lot of Capitol Hill’s robbers are coming from PG County. If I were to point out that a lot of crime happens at night, would that be insulting to night owls? It’s important to observe trends in criminal activity in order to effectively fight it.

        • NO- It’s the tone that is offensive. The way most commenters on here speak about PG is generally negative and that’s only because it’s a mostly african american county and by default it’s the pits. They do that whenever a new place is announced on here and “it seems” to be an urban(black) establishment. I HAVE never seen a comment on here that says Oh another white bar is opening up- when a beer garden is announced. You may see comments about hipsters or bros–but never any racist tones undertones.

          • Hipster and bro are synonymous with white people. When do you ever hear that and think they mean blacks? If you’re offended by one then you should be offended by the other. To not be is itself racist.

          • Fair enough. I happen to like PG County, but I do feel like we’ve become a sitting duck for people out there who want to commit a quick robbery.

          • “bro” totally has a racial component.
            so does “douchebag” so does preppie and yuppie.

            hipster does in most place, but in dc, it includes looks of different folks too.

          • Honestly, I never thought of PG as being an african american county, just a very diverse county like the other close suburbs. Maybe because a lot of my white coworkers live there, and because I’ve never noticed a predominate race whenever I was out there. I’m white, and if I ever desired a suburban lifestyle I would choose PG over Montgomery, Fairfax, Alexandria, etc.

          • justinbc

            I think it’s mainly people who hate National Harbor.

        • 1) You have no statistical evidence to prove that “a lot of Capitol Hill’s robbers are coming from PG County”. Heck, a significant number of our robberies are *unsolved* (i.e. we know little to nothing about the suspect, let alone where he/she lives).

          2) Even if what you said could be objectively proven, knowing it means nothing from a policy perspective. Unless there’s a fencing ring in Prince Georges selling goods stolen from DC (or some other organized effort that could be targets by MPD, Prince Georges County PD, and the feds), knowing the locality where criminals come from is virtually meaningless.

          • I think the point is that it allows white people to air their anger at the unknown black populace without specifically doing so and thereby endangering themselves further.

          • But don’t the solved robberies/attacks often have a connection to PG County? I don’t know where you can see all this information in one place, so I’m basing it on what I remember, but I follow Capitol Hill’s crime stories very closely and have noticed a trend. Clearly I’m not the only one.
            And I disagree that there’s nothing that can be done from a policy perspective. Since most of the robbers are driving in, police could work more closely with the owners of gas stations along roads leading out of the city. If the gas stations had better cameras and more attentive employees reporting suspicious behavior at least some of these criminals would get caught.

    • everyone everywhere is criminals.

  • Sometimes I wish they’d start doing a Trindad-style checkpoint in Capitol Hill. It would tarnish the neighborhood’s reputation, but it would make everyone feel a lot safer. Regardless of whether the criminals are coming from PG or DC, they’re almost never from the neighborhood.

    • yes. The Constitution be damned, right?

      • Heck yeah!

      • Despite the clear intent of the founding fathers to prevent law enforcement agents from stopping potential criminals with temporary vehicle license tags from entering the Capitol Hill neighborhood, vehicular checkpoints such as sobriety stops on New Year’s Eve and others have been upheld by the courts

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