“My three-year-old and I were held up at knife point around 12:30 pm”

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A reader passes on from the MPD3D listserv:

“I write with a bit of a scary and disappointing update. My three-year-old and I were held up at knife point yesterday [Nov. 10th] as we left the Kennedy Recreation Center around 12:30 pm. We are fine, just shaken.

Based on my conversations with MPD over the last two days, I encourage you all to stay vigilant, take routes with a lot of foot traffic (I was on Marion, which is pretty quiet), and to minimize using your phone while you walk/keep your phone somewhere secure (this wasn’t my issue, but per MPD grabbed phones out of hands and strollers are the most common robberies with a child present).

I hope that no one takes this news as a reason to avoid Kennedy – I think we are safer and happier when everyone is out fully participating in our community.

MPD responded in part:

“…we have deployed the Crime Suppression Team to this area to investigate these numerous complaints. We are still actively looking into your concerns and our Third District Detective office is investigating the robbery that occurred on Tuesday.”

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  • How horrible – that is just beyond unacceptable. I don’t care what obstacles that person may (or may not) have faced in life — when he chooses to attack mothers with toddlers, he needs to be ejected from society.

    • DC CapHill

      1. I have to fully agree that this is outrageous, and in the middle of the day, AND with a 3 year old present.

      2. I have to take issue with the gender bias, the OP did not indicate which metric the robber fell into, and unfortunately with an uptick in female strong-armed crime in the area, you really never know?

      • Ally

        That’s your big concern here?

        • +1

          Someone threatened and robbed this woman and her toddler with a knife, and your concern is that we are reinforcing the patriarchy because we assumed the gender of the robber when selecting a pronoun?

          You must be so much fun at parties.

    • A crime is a crime. Whether it’s a mom, senior citizen, college student, black, white, etc. Nobody’s life is more meaningful than others based on their description.

      • Surely you can see the particular evil in attacking a child, or the recklessness in attacking someone caring for a child, no? That’s why we have sentencing ranges, to allow for variations based on the relative severity of each crime. Besides, in your zeal to strike a blow for equality you’ve made a mistake. What you have here is several counts here vs. one, since there are 2 people. So, you technically have twice the crime.

        • I kind of get what I think JohnH is saying. I remember someone saying the other week expressing surprise that drivers weren’t stopping at a given crosswalk, not even for a parent pushing a stroller. Surely the kind of person who doesn’t stop at a crosswalk has little regard for _anyone_, and is unlikely to make exceptions for children?
          Or the point of those “Baby On Board” decals in people’s cars. Shouldn’t people be driving carefully ALL the time — not driving recklessly most of the time but making special exceptions for cars with kids?
          That said, I feel for the parent and the kid (who I hope wasn’t too traumatized by this incident). Who expects to be held up at knifepoint in the middle of the day??

      • Wrong. Kids are just starting out in life and are way more vulnerable than your average adult. We as a society have a special obligation to protect and take care of them.

  • This is my biggest fear. Getting robbed or assaulted with my toddler with me. These criminals will stop at nothing. I dont feel safe anymore at any time during the day in Park View or Petworth. Total silence from Council on the crime surge still. Seriously people, its time to get really angry.

  • I am so sorry to hear this happened. This is one of my worst nightmares. I hope you are ok, poster.

  • This is horrifying. We go through here all the time with our little one. I’m so sorry this happened to the OP.

  • Where is the Mayor in this? Haven’t seen or heard her near Kennedy. Not with Tammara Gliss, now that a 3 year old a knife pulled on him/her, does that maybe interest her?

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  • I stopped bringing my kid there long ago after the spate of summertime shootings in the area and that dead squirrel thing too.

  • Our home was robbed at 5th and Q on Monday in the middle of the day. Cops said burglaries are on the rise in the area. Stay vigilant and safe out there folks.

  • Ally

    I’m so sorry that happened to you and your little one. I have a 5 month old at home and no longer feel safe in my own neighborhood (Hill East) of 10 years (been in DC proper for 20+). I hope this all improves soon and that you and your child are able to feel safe again soon. I detest the person for doing what he/she did to you both. It takes a special kind of loser to accost a mother and child.

  • I keep thinking that crime has hit peak crazy and that I can no longer be shocked by anything. And I keep being wrong.

  • This goes back to what I was saying earlier – I’m still confused as to why someone was confused by my post – but this is UNREAL. I know crime is inevitable in big cities like DC but some of these stories to me are beyond belief. There is an old “street” sentiment that women, elderly, and children are exempt from what goes on in the streets. Where that went left….

  • I feel like I post this all the time but its not enough for us to complain on this blog. you must write to the Ward 1 Councilmember-Nadeau and ask her specifically what she thinks the City and elected officials could differently or better to address this issue. She is totally silent other than to dismiss her constiuents real fears. She also wholly focused on getting a signfiicant amount of new low income housing built in Ward 1 which adds to the concentration of poverty. End you emails telling her that you will post her response on your community blogs. Or we need to start a recall. Between her and Bowser I am pretty certain we are gonna be out of the city next summer too. This is the unsafest I have felt in 20 years in the CIty and thats saying somethng.

  • I was robbed at knifepoint on Adams Mill (with my newly-adopted 5- year-old in hand) almost 40 years ago and am still traumatized. And you wonder why people want to stay in their cars?

  • What a sad decline in the state of humanity when a child’s life is not respected. There used to be an unspoken code of sorts among criminals …

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