Attempted Burglary and Assault in Basement Apartment in Bloomingdale

From MPD:

“First Degree Burglary
2100 – 2199 BLOCK OF 1ST STREET NW
03/03/2015 10:14

The Complainant reports as she walking home, she observed an unknown male following her. As she entered her basement apartment she locked her doors behind her. Shortly thereafter she heard a crashing noise and went to investigate and found the unknown male standing in her apartment. Without provocation the unknown male grabbed at her and asked her for money. As the Complainant screamed to occupants upstairs, she was struck about the face with a wooden object and kicked about the body. Hearing the commotion, the occupants in the above apartment decended into the basement apartment, causing the unknown male to exit the apartment without obtaining anything. An area canvass by MPD was conducted without success. Look-out for a Black Male, dark complexioned, 5’8 in height, wearing a green coat, blue jeans, red hats and carrying a wooden stick.

Anyone with information in connection to this offense can anonymously call 202) 727-9099.”

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  • Never go home if you think someone is following you. All basement apts need metal security doors and windows. It’s not attractive, but I don’t think be could have gotten in if they were in place.

    Hope she has a safe place to stay and can move soon.

    • brookland_rez

      Good advice

    • This seems like victim-blaming to me. Where exactly was she supposed to go, in a residential neighborhood like this one?
      The fact that she was able to lock the door behind her makes it sound as though the guy who was following her was doing so at a distance. Presumably he was far enough away that she thought, “All I have to do is get home and lock the door, and then I’ll be fine.”
      And presumably she’s a renter — it’s not her fault the landlord didn’t install security doors/windows.

      • +1 to this. And if the ground was as icy as I think it was, trying to go somewhere further than home could have been even more dangerous.

      • HaileUnlikely

        A comment can be kind of insensitive but still be useful. I think that might have been the case here, as in, note to other readers looking for apartments: think about looking for a place with security bars. I don’t know this area well enough to know whether there are any good alternatives if being followed at night, but I was once chased by a couple of dudes who were trying to rob me, and though I successfully got into my house (and in so doing, showed them where I live…), I realized later that I ran right by a McDonalds and a 7-11 on my way home. If I had a do-over, I probably would have run into the McDonalds or the 7-11. Thus, while I suppose Spock’s comment could be construed as insensitive, and it’s applicability to this specific case is unclear, I do think it is sound general advice that many readers could benefit from seeing.

      • I agree we should not victim blame, and I only offer this as a thought for future would be victims to consider…if you recognize you’re being followed, go to the neighbor’s house and ring the doorbell. The posting seems to indicate she screamed to alert the neighbors. And I read the locked the doors behind her part to indicate that she probably did have a gated door, but apparently not gated windows?

        Either way, not her fault. In that situation, who knows how you react or how genuinely serious she thought it was at the time. Seeking people in that situation is the best course so however you do that, do that. I hope she is okay and I hope they catch the trashball.

      • Not victim blaming
        This tip comes from numerous self defense and awareness courses. The thought being you don’t want the bad guy to know where you live.
        She could have gone to a number of restaurants.
        The security bars portion was more shock that it’s not common place in a city like dc. It was not an instruction for her to get them.

        • To be fair, the blocks in LDP are DEAD at night. Like creepy quiet and absolutely zero commercial businesses, little foot traffic. Unfortunately it is a dark pocket of sketchiness at night surrounded by gorgeous houses. And frankly, I wouldn’t open my door if some person was screaming and pounding on it. I’d call the cops, who would get there 5 minutes later.
          We also don’t know how far the guy followed her. My guess is that she entered the neighborhood and was followed at some point while already in LDP. At that point, there’s no where to go except home. If she doublesback to Florida Avenue, she will actually be walking toward the perp. Not a lot of options.

        • It comes across as victim-blaming. And there aren’t any restaurants in that immediate area.
          Going to a neighbor’s house and ringing the doorbell (as Duponter suggests) is perhaps worth a try, but most people don’t actually answer the door to strangers that late at night (if at all). If she’s lucky, a neighbor will come to the door, talk to her through the door, and call the cops. If she’s unlucky, they’ll stay put and maybe turn on a light upstairs.
          There’s no guarantee the guy won’t follow her up the stairs to the neighbor’s porch and try to mug her there while she’s ringing the doorbell.

          • Thank you for alerting me to how it came across to you. Others felt differently as I do.
            As insensitive as I may appear, I’ve been there. Robbed at gunpoint in my teens, dealt with a rape victim (yes, we opened the door to a stranger late at night), and assisted an attempted rape victim who was getting the holy hell beat out of her at risk of my own safety.

            There are no guarantees. The guy came into her home and attacked her, and maybe if she started running away and screaming fire someone would have called the cops. No way to know for sure We do know the man who wasn’t caught knows where she lives. That’s a much scarier thought to me, and one I care much more about than if you felt I was victim blaming.

            Again, I simply presented the awareness blurb as a caution to others. Do with it what you will.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Wow that’s scary! I hope she is ok, and they catch him soon.

  • ChenChen

    man that is awful. Hope they catch him.

  • I’m very sorry for the victim. I hope this perpetrator is apprehended quickly.

  • There have been multiple break in attempts around the DC Water construction areas the last few weeks/month. There is supposedly security at these sites, but they sit in their cars and play with there phones.

    • Their security really is a joke. I’ve been told numerous times by DC Water that the security was there for our protection, along with monitoring their equipment. But, as you’ve said, they sit in their car on their phone. In the construction staging site near me, they are usually parked inside the fencing so I don’t know how they would see anything. I once found one of the guards sleeping in their car.

      • yep, the security car is ridiculous. half the time it’s empty. the fencing around V st provides a great cover for muggings, i get nervous every time i walk through it. they really need actual police or security officers parked on first and on V.

        this is terrifying, and my thoughts go out to the victim. i hope she’s recovering.

        • yes, I live on Thomas, and I get nervous walking around the area for the water work to the point that I go to 2nd st to get to my house rather than walk around the work area.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Please forgive my cranial density, but I have had the good fortune of not having a DC Water construction area the immediate vicinity of my house for several years now, and I’m having trouble making sense of this: why would there be a need for special security *for area residents* when DC Water is doing work? I can see why they’d desire added security for their workers and equipment, but residents? What, are DC Water employees or contractors breaking into people’s homes? Are burglars pilfering tools from DC Water construction areas and using those to commit the break-ins?

      • There is sound-blocking fencing up throughout the neighborhood, blocking out light and visibility that was there before. Additionally, some of the street lights that were in the construction sites aren’t operating. In some areas it feels like you’re walking through a tunnel. Its definitely less safe than prior to the construction.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Oh, ok, makes sense, thanks. The only DC Water activity I’ve seen in my neighborhood in recent memory has been relatively minor and has not involved any sort of set up like this.

      • Also, with much of First Street closed to vehicle traffic, there is much less activity on that part of the street and it feels more isolated.

    • Yeah that security is a joke. I walk by there all the time and think how nice it must be to just sit in your car all day/night and make money. I’m not even sure what exactly that security person is going to do if there is anything suspicious going on, aside from calling the police.

      • I wonder if they’d even call anybody. They didn’t do anything one morning when a truck dropped of a dumpster in the middle of Adams Street, blocking both entrance to DC Water’s site, and the alley entrance.

  • Hmmmm…I live four blocks away from this and around 11:00pm there was incredible knocking on our door, twice. We of course did not answer but I saw two men go from door to door and do this when I ran upstairs to look out the window. No one opened their doors. I can’t say was the description was with clothing, and there was two of them….but maybe I should report it?

    • Report it–Remember NYC’s motto–If you see something, say something. Your gut is almost always right .

  • Sorry that happened to you. Scary. Hopefully they catch that human piece of garbage soon.

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