PoPville PSA – Be Cautious Wearing Headphones at Night – Mugging Last Night

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jess J

“Dear PoP,

Last night around 7:40pm I was walking home from Giant in Columbia Heights when I was attacked by two teens from behind near Holmead & Otis. One of the kids threw punches at my head and the other kid tried to snag my bag. I had my arms full with my bag, grocery bag, and umbrella but started yelling for help which scared them off and the both ran separate ways (one went east on Otis and the other kid started running south on Holmead). I wasn’t able to fight back and at that point I wasn’t sure if they had any weapons on their person. Fortunately, I didn’t sustain any serious injuries from the blows and I was able to hold onto all of my stuff. I was probably an easy target because I’m a short female and I also had my headphones on. I called the cops and spoke to two detectives. Just wanted all the readers to be aware and be cautious when/if listening to MP3 devices/phones. I definitely learned my lesson.”

I’m very sorry to hear this happened. I know MPD echoes your advice – when in doubt, if walking alone home at night, please remove your earbuds/headphones.

On a side note, you can learn about starting a neighborhood watch program here and 3D (including Northwest Columbia Heights) is offering training March 17th. Details after the jump.

Date: March 17th
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Free Refreshments Provided!
Where: 3D Police Station-1620 V Street, NW- Snyder Room

Sponsored by:
Samantha Nolan, Citizens Advisory Committee, (CAC) Chair, NWP
Director 2D/ Marco Santiago Community Outreach Coordinator MPD 3D
Jana Baldwin, LeDroit Park Public Safety Chair
Cecilia Jones, Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA)

Who should attend? All interested neighbors in reducing and preventing crime!
What will we be discussing?
*How to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program,
*Creating Block Captains/ increasing effectiveness of existing block captains
*Setting up phone tree’s/ Communication Plans
*Organizing Safety Walks
*Working with police/neighbors effectively
*Protecting property

RSVP is appreciated! Please fill this form by submitting your name and e-mail

Please contact:
Jana Baldwin at [email protected]

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