Woman Mugged at gunpoint walking home from the Stadium Armory metro last night – keep your eyes peeled for her brand new orthotics

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From MPD:

“On Thursday, April 27, 2015, at around 11:26PM, a citizen walking westbound in the 1700 block of D Street, Southeast, was approached from behind by (2) subjects, described as black males between 17-24 years old, thin build, wearing masks, who snatched her pocketbook off of her shoulder and began hitting her causing her to fall to the ground. During the struggle for the pocketbook, one of the subjects brandished a firearm.

After obtaining the pocketbook, both subjects ran to an alley off of D Street, Southeast.

The victim sustained minor scratches but refused medical treatment.

This case is currently being investigated by the First District Investigative Unit.”

The victim described her experience on the Hill East listserv:

“Unfortunately, I was mugged at gunpoint tonight around 11:30 on the 1700 block of D Street SE as I was walking home from the Metro. I heard and then saw the two assailants running behind me. I wasn’t able to outrun them and fell to the ground as they grabbed my bag away from me. It was only then that I saw the gun. They hit me a few times (luckily, not very hard) and then ran away with my purse down the alley that is between 17th and 18th. I heard tires screeching shortly thereafter. Fortunately, I wasn’t physically injured more than a scrape to the knee when I feel. I am grateful for the kindness and concern of the neighbors down the street who let me come inside their home to use their phone to call the police and of my friends (also neighbors and parents to a newborn) who stayed with me as I was interviewed by the police and as we waited for the CSI. I am also grateful for the police who came quickly and were very professional and thorough.

On the off chance that you spot a discarded Coach black tote bag or a pair of women’s Asics Nimbus running shoes (that look like this.), please let me know! My running shoes with custom-made and brand new orthotics were inside my bag, and I doubt that the thieves have much use for them.

Stay safe! The police said that there have been several muggings recently as people have been walking home from the Stadium Armory metro.”

19 Comment

  • August, not April I take it.

  • The south entrance to Stadium/Armory is much sketchier compared to the entrance at East Capitol especially with all the public facilities near there (DC General, jail, etc.). I use the East Capitol entrance but at night you have to be extra vigilant. I do see an steady presence of bike police in that area however, but they can’t be everywhere at once.

  • Definitely look around that area for your stuff. My friend was robbed recently, and everything of seemingly no value was scattered about the neighborhood.

  • This makes me so sad/mad because we live right across from the north entrance to the metro and I love the neighborhood. Sigh.

    • Ally

      Same here. We’re a little further away at 16th and A SE, but boy this has been just an awful summer for crime. I have spent half my income on cab fare lately if it’s even approaching dark because, with a newborn at home, I can’t afford to have anything happen to me.

  • I wear the Asics Nimbus with my orthotics and I couldn’t imagine losing them – it must be frustrating and terrifying. I feel terrible for the victim – and I hope the perpetrators are caught.

  • Gross, but check the nearest conspicuous dumpsters. I’ve found my things in there before when someone broke into my car.
    Also, not to victim blame, but this is a prime example of why you should consider getting off the train at a safer stop and uber the rest of the way to your home when you’re out by yourself late at night.
    $5 Uber fare > emotional trauma, having to buy a new phone, orthotics, etc.

    • Sounds a lot like victim-blaming to me. Would be better phrased as “If the alternative is walking several blocks home from Metro by yourself late at night, you might want to consider Ubering from the Metro to your home.”

  • Ugh…custom orthotics are wicked expensive…almost $1K if your insurance doesn’t cover them, which many don’t. Damn.

  • This same thing happened–same block, same description of a group of men–with another woman earlier this year.

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