Sexual Abuse and Armed Robbery at 13th and Quincy St, NW 11:30pm Tues. Night

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Abuse & Armed Robbery offense that occurred in the area of 13th & Quincy Streets, Northwest.

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at approximately 11:30 pm, an adult female was walking in the area of 13th & Quincy Streets, Northwest, where she was approached by the suspect who robbed and sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect is described as a black male, tall, medium to dark complexion, and was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey pants, tan Timberland style boots, hat, scarf (used to cover his face) and armed with a handgun.”

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  • This is absolutely awful and frightening. I hope in time she’s okay and they catch this lowly piece of shit.

  • epric002

    this is the 2nd incident this week on this block. we didn’t receive a DC crime alert for either, nor were either included in the MPD daily crime report. WTF?!

  • This is terrible. I’ve walked this intersection so many times on my way to/from the Derby, and in the last few years it’s seemed totally fine.

    This is helping to further crystalize my desire to leave DC. The only neighborhoods I can conceivably afford to live in for the foreseeable future are still crimey, and I’m just sick of dealing with it. Looking over my shoulder, not feeling super comfortable just walking around the neighborhood, reading about all the insane and awful stuff that happens not infrequently within a few blocks of my place.

    • My people disgust me.

    • Get out while you can. You won’t regret it.

    • I love living in DC, but honestly, I’ve been considering leaving, too. There have been a lot of armed robberies reported lately and a lot of rapes. Maybe I’m just seeing it reported more now than before, but it still makes me feel unsafe. The rental prices keep going up and up and the neighborhoods I feel comfortable living in are close to being out of my price range entirely. If I’m going to be paying through the nose for rent anyway, I would at least like to be somewhere where just walking home at night doesn’t make me a target.

      • Maybe everyone always says this, but yes, I also feel like I’ve been *hearing about more rapes and armed robberies, at least.

        When stuff like this happens right where you live, it kind of pierces the veil that you throw over your eyes. I love so much about DC, but half of that is just trying to put a positive spin on the city I happen to live in. There’s plenty to love about it. obviously. It’s world class in a lot of ways.

        But then stuff like this happens and thrusts into my face all the negatives that I’ve tried to push out of my mind – mainly, the terrible combination of expensive and crime-ridden. And the DC suburbs are just so depressing that I can’t contemplate moving there. And then you remember other cities: Chicago, Portland, Seattle, kinda New York… Seriously, leaving the DC bubble always reminds me that it’s not like this everywhere. There are other cities that have so much vibrancy and so much less crime in areas that are fun and affordable.

        • I wouldn’t point to Chicago as a city with low crime

          • Chicago’s situation is terrible in that it’s super crime-ridden in very concentrated geographical areas. In this, it’s like a lot of cities: There are no-go zones, some in-between-type areas, and then vast swathes of the city that are pretty safe.

            DC seems pretty unique in that there’s a fair amount of rather disturbing crime that happens in areas where you pay over $2,000 for a 1BR and there are fashionable bars and fancy restaurants around. In my experience in these other cities (to say nothing of Europe), there are some good neighborhoods where late-20-to-early-30-somethings with decent jobs can afford to live and not have to deal with the level of crime you get in comparable DC neighborhoods like Shaw, H St, Petworth, and Brookland, etc.

            The grass is always greener elsewhere, of course, but I do think DC is somewhat unique in this respect.

          • Chicago is two cities. If you’re on the North Side (think Michigan Ave), you’re doing alright. The South Side- where my family originally came from- well, you can’t even drive there during the daytime nowadays. I agree with what DCLoafer says about crime being a lot more interspersed in DC, with even expensive, really gentrified areas not being off limits to crazy crimes (the exception being, maybe, the isolated upper NW).

        • DCLoafer, you are capturing exactly what I am thinking. We pay a high price to live in a city that, with all its great attractions (and jobs!), also has some serious drawbacks. And the thought of living in the burbs here is not happening. I’ll move back to the Midwest before I entertain the thought of living in the DC suburbs. It works for some, but it doesn’t work for me. I did my time out there during my childhood, and I’m not going back. It’s DC or other entirely different region for me.

          • DC seems pretty unique in that there’s a fair amount of rather disturbing crime that happens in areas where you pay over $2,000 for a 1BR and there are fashionable bars and fancy restaurants around.

            But… these are areas that a decade ago (or less) were no-go zones. New fancy stuff has come in, but many of the criminal types who made it a no-go zone are still there, both resenting and eyeing so many relatively $$ new targets.

  • DC Code on ‘Sexual Abuse’, for anyone else who might have been wondering what the charge may mean:
    I don’t walk around this area alone at night. It is quite nice during the day, but the night is different. There are packs of anxious juveniles on many of the street corners in the summer. In the winter it is dark and desolate between the bars. I take the bus, ride a bike, or walk with a friend.

  • I’ve lived in the neighborhood since 2010. Walking alone at night is an activity I strongly advise against.

  • This is the exact reason why I will walk the 8 blocks north from Columbia Heights after dark rather than the 4 blocks west from Petworth. I refuse to walk through the neighborhood alone.

    • I would seriously question your logic on this. The blocks of Quincy St between the metro station and 13th St feel much safer to me than the stabby portion of 14th between Meridian and Otis. Maybe I’m biased from having lived there for years – but I can assure you that there are a LOT of eyes on the street on Quincy.

  • How many events like this have to occur before people understand that the problem of bad cops is a drop in an ocean of the frightening moral breakdown of many of the people walking the streets of this city? The loud and disruptive protests about cops is another distraction from the real root causes of the issues that drive sociopathic, criminal behavior we hear about, and sometimes experience, every day in DC.

    • Nice try. But the fact that there is a criminal element does not negate the fact that there are cops who believe that they are above the law and behave accordingly. The fact that crime exists does not negate that police brutality is a problem that needs to be addressed.

    • Hey Oaf – Is it at all possible that bad cops might help exacerbate the problem of more violent crime????

      • Only if you’re talking about bad cops who commit violent crime. And like Oaf said, this is a very very very tiny proportion of violent crime.

    • But cops are paid by us (taxpayers) to uphold and enforce the law (our law), and to at least try to protect us from harm. I agree that bad cops is a much smaller (in terms of numbers) problem than bad people in general, but their specific role means they should be held to a somewhat higher standard. And I might argue that we need to get the “bad cops” problem sorted out first in order to make some headway on the “bad people” problem.

    • You have no way of knowing what you assert for 1a, because there are discrepancies between what local police report and how many actually show up in federal figures about police homicides.
      There are no good statistics about exactly how often this happens, nor do the federal figures tease out how often it is a caucasian police officer killing a person of color. The police and the press would really like you to believe that it happens rarely. But they have made it impossible to determine the truth of those assertions by compiling comprehensive, accurate data to back them up.

    • Something tells me that Oaf is white and privileged, though I may be wrong on “white”.

  • A week before the last election Brianne Nadeau sent out a flyer saying “the most important issue to our community is affordable housing.”

    No, Brianne. The most important issue is crime.

  • We all wish we had cheaper housing. The demand for affordable housing is insatiable. Instead, start by defining what you are trying to achieve, then design programs to get there (20 percent set-aside and means-tested vouchers). Without such a model, you end up with those awful housing blocks in Moscow.

  • Yikes! Too close to home! Handgun! A quiet but fairly busy intersection with that little triangle park…I usually drive, Car2Go or take the bus after dark, only walk home from the Metro after dark but seriously they better catch this guy. I will probably get shot and his appendage will get bitten off if I run into him.

  • Wow. The sub-text about “the criminal element” in “Those Neighborhoods” and their “anxious youth” is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Very apposite.

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