Disturbing Daytime Armed Robbery Reported Near Union Station Yesterday

From MPD:

1:04 p.m. – 200 Blk. Parker St., N.E. – The complainant reports that a black male, approximately 30 years of age, approached her vehicle and tapped on the window with a handgun. The suspect then entered the driver’s seat of the vehicle and once inside, stole 3 of the complainant’s credit cards from her bag. The suspect fled the scene on foot.”

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  • thats pretty wild, like something out of a movie
    that area of 2nd has always seemed secluded though. moreso in the past but its still off the beaten path somewhat

  • Excellent reminder to keep your car doors locked.

    • Are you joking? If someone taps on your window with a pistol and wants inside, you let them inside.

      • better yet, don’t let someone walk up on you. keep your head on a swivel, 360 degree situational awareness. if someone looks shady, drive away. if you’re at a red light, run the light. always have a plan, or unfortunately, you increase your chances of being victimized.

        • How are you supposed to run the light if there are several cars lined up at a red light and you’ve got cars in front of and behind you?

      • I don’t know what I’d do in the moment, but my first instinct would probably be to gun it as hard as I could and not care if I run the bastard over or not. If you’re in a line of cars and that’s not possible, I’d probably try to hit the car in front of me to draw attention to myself.

        • If the perp is tapping on your window, they’re beside your car. Unless your tires can swivel 45 degrees for your car to roll sideways, what you do is: give up the money. Then file a police report (and an insurance claim, if you want).

      • Um, no. That’s basically breaking the cardinal rule of never letting someone take you to a different location. I don’t know what I’d do if I was in a parking spot or somewhere where I’d have to switch to reverse or something. If I was just at a light, I’d definitely gun it. Even if I hit the car in front of me, it brings attention to me. I’d rather pay the repair bill than risk my life.

        • Try not to let yourself get boxed in. If a three lane road, try to be in the middle lane. Always leave yourself enough room to maneuver around the car in front of you–if you can see the bottom of their rear tires, you are good. When driving through bad neighborhoods, play the “what if?” game to mentally prepare yourself.

        • What the hell? You hit the car in front of you, then the shooter walks up and shoots you in the head. Now you’re dead and the person you hit has a repair bill. My god, people, just give up the money. Quit it with your superhero fantasies.

    • As a woman, I agree with this. If someone’s trying to car jack me I don’t like my chances of avoiding rape and maybe worse. I’ll take the chance that he’s a better shot than most losers of his ilk.

      • I had just parked my car on my street late one night and a guy walked up to my passenger side window. I quickly got out of the parking spot and drove away. I didn’t wait to see if he was lost, trying to rob me or worse.

        It’s hard to know what we’d do when faced with this type of situation but this is another reminder that we need to remain vigilant.

    • You can’t out run a bullet, unfortunately.

      • brookland_rez

        But it’s much harder to hit a moving target. Given how poorly most criminals in DC shoot, I’ll take my chances moving than sitting there like a sitting duck.

  • I don’t care if it’s offensive, if you approach me on the street (or in the street), I’m assuming its to scam me, rob me, or be an otherwise shitty human being. I’ll do everything I can to get away from you. Sorry assholes like this have spoiled it for everybody.

  • brookland_rez

    That’s my old street! That area has cleaned up from what it was in 2006 but shit still happens apparently. I echo what others have said, I always have my doors locked and I would have taken off outta there.

  • I like my car, but one of the things I don’t like about it is that the doors don’t automatically lock after I start driving, like many do. That said, I remember to lock the doors when driving.

    I’m not sure how one could get out of this situation. If someone tapped on the window with a gun, the car was likely stopped. If they tapped on the window, they are standing to the side of the car, not to the front, so it would seem impossible to hit the person or run them down. I am vigilant, but unless they are waving the gun from a few paces away, so you can see them coming and have some warning, which they probably wouldn’t, they are probably smart enough to keep it hidden until they get up to the car, and show it only to you, then I don’t see how one could drive away. If the car is stopped, it is probably stopped at a light or stop sign, with cars in front, and likely cars behind. Only if I was the only car stopped there could I just drive forward and away. If there were no cars behind me, then on could back up. But how often is this the case on the streets, unless it late at night? Usually there is traffic.

    I’m not sure that running into the car ahead of me would change the situation much. The person with the gun would still be in control of the situation, now not just of me, but presumably of the person in the car I ran into who would then get out of their car.

  • Memo 2 Cathy:

    When you’re not too busy counting your massive paycheck could you please take a look see at the Truxton Circle, NoMa, and Union Station ‘hoods?

    It’s just that it’s been a little more stabby, shooty, murdery of late.


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