“Four Arrests Made in Robbery Spree in Chinatown and Capitol Hill Area”

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District announced four arrests have been made in reference to the following offenses:

* Armed Carjacking (Gun), Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Gun), and Leaving After Colliding: On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at approximately 8:40 pm, in the 900 block of G Street, Northwest, three suspects approached the victims, one of the suspects brandished a handgun, and ordered them out of the vehicle. The suspects then took vehicle and fled the scene. A few blocks away, the suspects were involved in a traffic accident with an unrelated driver. As the driver attempted to call the police, the suspect with the handgun, threatened the driver. The suspects fled the scene in the stolen vehicle. CCN: 16-150-885.
* Attempt to Commit Robbery: On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at approximately 9:20 pm, in the 300 block of 7th Street, Northwest, the suspects approached the victim, who was in his vehicle; one of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property. CCN: 16-150-919.

* Carjacking (Attempt): On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm, in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast, the victim was stopped in his vehicle, when four suspects approached him. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property. CCN: 16-150-981.

* Carjacking (Attempt): On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at approximately 10:10 pm, in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast, the victim was stopped in his vehicle, when four suspects approached him. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property. CCN: 16-150-934.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the following suspects were arrested and charged as listed below:

* 18-year-old Martrail Cunningham, of Southeast, DC, for two counts of Carjacking and Attempted Robbery

* A 16-year-old Juvenile Female, of Southeast, DC, for Attempted Robbery.

* A 16-year-old Juvenile Male, of Southeast, DC, for Armed Carjacking, two counts of Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon(Gun), Attempted Robbery, and Leaving After Colliding.

* 19- year-old Keshard Thompson, of Southwest, DC, for Armed Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Leaving After Colliding.”

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  • Boys will be boys! Surely this short trip to the precinct will set them straight, right?

  • justinbc

    Good, our listserv has been blowing up with comments about this. The type you would naturally expect. Kinda surprised to see the suspects actually be DC residents for a change, instead of the usual MD influx.

    • Eh, not sure there’s much difference in terms from where they hail. Get rid of the trash, regardless if it came from the wealthy LA burbs (as is the case with those lax bro imbiciles) or local numbnuts stealing cars for a short-lived joyride.

      • justinbc

        Yes, but pretty regularly you see people come into DC from MD or VA to commit crimes because they know they’re less likely to face prosecution / conviction here. A lot of the trouble causing element has been priced out of DC.

        • Seems to be a popular held belief. Not sure how accurate it is or where it comes from

          “A lot of the trouble causing element has been priced out of DC.”

          All of the blocks that were active 10,20 years ago are still selling drugs

          Girard/Clifton, 14 zone, CHV – Check
          KDY/ Delafield/Farragut – Check
          Morton/Park Rd – Check
          7th and O – Check
          13th and Park – Check

          I could go on and on just in the NW Quadrant of the city.

          • I wouldn’t say “all”, though. Many have indeed disappeared, and many of those that remain are nothing like they were back then. But your point stands, plenty of bad element is still around (even if they no longer live in those immediate areas).

        • Especially in Capitol Hill. It’s really easy to flee to MD or VA after committing a crime here.

  • Let’s track the 18 and 19 year old to see how long the district held them before being released with an ankle monitor.

    • You can keep track on dc courts “court cases online” — just type in the names.

    • Just keep in mind that it isn’t the District that decides that…it is federal judges. But the Council — specifically CM McDuffie — refused to move legislation last year that would have required judges to presume that if someone who has previously been convicted of a violent crime then is arrested for another, that arrestee poses a danger to the community and should be held. The defense lawyer for the arrestee could rebut that presumption with arguments about why the arrestee was not a danger. But even that was too harsh for McDuffie. So we are left with a system where the prosecutors have to have more convincing evidence that the arrestee poses a danger than a prior conviction for a violent crime and the current arrest. So yes, unless they have multiple prior convictions (for which crimes adjudicated as juveniles do not count because they are not technically convictions) for violent crimes, they will probably be released.

      • DC superior court does not have federal judges. They are required to live in dc. They may be confirmed by the Senate, but they are not federal judges.

        • The judges for the DC Superior Court are appointed by the President of the United States, so that is why I called them federal. Is there some other designation that you think would be more appropriate?

      • Looks like Mr. Cunningham & Mr. Thompson are being held in pursuant to 23-1322(b), which means he probably has a prior somewhere.

        More curious though – looks liek the filed charge for Mr. Thompson was unarmed carjacking?

        *Not a lawyer, just play one on TV*

        • I think the current status is that they are being held prior to the hearing to determine if they will be detained until trial. That happens for any crime of violence.

  • would love to see their prior arrests records. I am going out on a limb here and assuming these are not first time offenders. No doubt they will get a slap on the wrist. We can all look forward to the juvenile offenders not even getting a slap on the wrist and robbing us by Christmas.

  • “A 16-year-old Juvenile Male, of Southeast, DC, for Armed Carjacking, two counts of Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon(Gun), Attempted Robbery, and Leaving After Colliding.” So sad.

    • Hmm, one does wonder. Regardless, that video is instructive in a “gift of fear” kind of way. I have long avoided as much as possible anyone strolling around DC in the middle of August in a sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. But the towel around the neck is new to me, notice how he pulls it over his head when they approach the car so his face his hidden, I guess that’s yet another thing to be on the lookout for.

  • west_egg

    “…one of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property.”
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    “”One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property.”
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    “One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded his property. The victim fled in his vehicle and did not surrender his property.”
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    Either we’ve got some serious copy & pasting going on, or some very risk-averse attempted robbery targets.

    • I’d say the robbery targets are very much risk-acceptant, than risk-averse; by failing to comply to the demands of a gun-wielding robber, they are accepting the risk that they may be shot-at by the perp. (See, Seth White.)

      • I think you mean Seth Rich, the staffer killed in Bloomingdale? Anyways I’ve thought about this, I think if someone flashed a gun at me while I’m in my car, I’m flooring it.

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