Especially Depressing Crime Alerts


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A reader writes:

“Did you see these insanely depressing crime alerts from MPD last night?

Alert: Robbery at 1830 hrs at 3rd St & I ST NW. Lookout for two B/F. S1 13-14 years old, pigtails, purple jacket. S2 12 years old, black jacket.

and

Alert:Robbery at 8th ST & G ST NE at 1925 hrs at 8th ST & G ST NE. Lookout for 3 B/M 10-13 years old wearing all black clothing.”

36 Comment

  • I’m sure if you looked at these individuals and their “at home” situation…you would find some similarities as well.

    • I’ll always remember my dad telling me, “Parent your children so a judge doesn’t.”

      • Having interacted professionally with many juvenile court judges, I can’t imagine they’d agree more. Unfortunately, I think it’s really hard to even comprehend how bad and broken so many homes are when you grow up in a relatively stable and nurturing environment.

  • Gotta start a life of crime early!

  • justinbc

    I can only assume that they robbed other tweens, or an elderly person? It doesn’t mention a knife or gun, which is usually included if applicable, and I just can’t imagine any adult being mugged by two 13 year old girls…

    • Some of the kids in this town are large and rough. 2-1 is an easy reason to give up your stuff let alone the fact that they could have a weapon.

    • Really? You must be new here. Teenage girls can be some of the most vicious animals on the planet.

      • Nice hyperbole there.

      • justinbc

        I’ve been on the planet long enough to know that I’ve yet to meet two 13 year old girls who would convince me to give them anything without first waving a gun in my face.

        • I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that there are many things that have not happened to you personally that are, nonetheless, actual things that happen.

          • Wow, how unnecessarily snotty. Good afternoon to you too.

          • Observation: The past few days have seen a drastic increase in snotty comments about comments that are perceived as snotty about comments that were kind of snotty in the first place.

          • But in effect calling the victims weak (“other tweens, or an elderly person”) was a-ok? Just because he couldn’t personally imagine it?
            There is so much of this. “Because I would have reacted X, you are weak/dumb/deluded/not cut out for city life for reacting Y. The fact that I wasn’t there and admit that I haven’t been in that situation is irrelevant to what I *would have* done.”

          • Justinbc essentially calls a crime victim a p*ssy, then wdc calls him out and wdc is the snotty one?

          • justinbc

            I didn’t call anyone anything, I speculated about who was robbed. Those details aren’t released by the police. Trust me, my skin is thick enough that some comment from another PoPville user isn’t going to ruin my day. I actually found wdc’s comment pretty funny and something I would probably say to someone myself.

          • I was walking on G St NE between 8th and 9th while the cops were taking a report/investigating the area (at least, based on the timing and location I’m nearly positive that was what was going on). If I’m right about what I saw, then the victim was a slight female in her 20s or 30s.

            So yes, adults do get robbed by pre-teens. I certainly wouldn’t take my chances trying to fight off a group of them to save my phone or purse.

        • Victim-blaming ain’t cute.

    • I always worry more about kids than adults because they don’t have an adequate concept of consequences yet. They’re like baby rattlesnakes; they’ll release all their venom into you.

      • Worse: I suspect many who have been arrested/detained have experienced little more than catch and release. Combined with no consequences at home, they just get bolder.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I also worry more when kids with weapons are involved. In my 12 years in DC, I have twice been robbed at gunpoint by groups of three young teenagers, each time with one of them having a gun. One of the times, the one with gun seemed pretty calm, as if he had done this before. The other time, the one with the gun seemed very nervous and jittery. My greatest fear was that he was going to fire the gun accidentally.

          • Yeah–I’ve been robbed three times in my mid-to-long lifetime, twice in Manhattan and once here, each time by a teenager.

      • It’s hard to have a concept of consequences when there are none.

      • Exactly. The only time I have ever been physically assaulted in DC was by a group of teenagers who couldn’t have been more than 14 years old. One-on-one I might not have been afraid, but there was at least ten of them. Doesn’t matter if they are teenagers, you’re not winning a 10 on 1 altercation.

  • My sister was walking to the metro in Chinatown around 7:30 pm on a Tuesday a few weeks ago when a group of teenage girls ran up to her in a crosswalk, one coming directly at my sister with her hand held out like she had a gun (she did not actually have one). When when it was clear she didn’t have a gun, they all ran away laughing hysterically. The group basically enclosed quickly, scared my sister, and then dispersed. So, if a group of 2 or more young girls quickly run up to me pretending to have a weapon, as an adult, I can imagine mugged by two 13 year old girls.

  • It’s time to start deporting all the children!

  • I can imagine how bad some of the homes that these children are raised in can be. However, even a child knows that they have choices to make. They can make the right choice or the wrong choice. They hopefully have teachers and other adults they have been exposed to who have shown them how to lead a better life than what they might be exposed to at home. I hate it when people tell me that a 12, 13, or 14 year old doesn’t know any better. They do! Children and teenagers know when they are making bad decisions.

    • I agree — to an extent. I believe they know when they are making bad choices — but the question is, are they in a situation where they feel like they have an alternative choice? Sometimes life is literally a series of bad options, particularly growing up in a home with absent parents, etc.

    • If you don’t see value in your own life or see potential in your future, it’s difficult to care about right and wrong, even if you have a sense that what you’re doing isn’t right.

  • I once witnessed a pack of teenage girls rob and beat an older woman on the metro. A group of teenagers can be very intimidating and very dangerous. They also seemed to know exactly what they were doing because they timed it perfectly with train doors about to open so that they could run away. Luckily the woman was okay. Living next to a high school, I make certain not to walk the dog while school is letting out.

  • This is absolutely ludicrous. Last night walking home on 8th Street there were several groups of teens, all extremely loud, obnoxious, blocking sidewalks and entrances, getting in people’s faces. This morning there were at least three MPD notices from last night about people being robbed in the immediate area by groups of teens. Oh, if only we could discern some possible pattern in all these “random” crimes! There is a serious, persistent and growing problem in this city with groups of two or more African-American teens, mostly male but also some female or mixed, and nothing is being done to stop it.

  • I’m sure they’re just protesting gentrification.

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