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Hey, thought this might be important to share with the community. A friend of mine was mugged at 8:30 Wed. morning on 12th place NW between W and V Streets. The police told him there were also muggings right before and after on Clifton and on 11th near W.
We’ve been hearing about muggings all over the city including the Friendship Heights area. From MPD:
The first incident occurred at approximately 10:15 PM in the 5200 block of Western Ave, NW, close to the intersection with Harrison St. The victim reported that three armed perpetrators, all displaying handguns, approached her while she was walking within the block. The suspects then robbed the victim of her cell phone, currency, bank cards, etc. The suspects then fled the scene on foot, last seen running east within the 4500 block of Harrison St., NW.
The second incident occurred at approximately 10:20 PM in the 4300 block of Garrison St., NW, close to the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue. Two victims reported while walking within the block they were approached from the rear by three perpetrators. One suspect struck one of the victims on the back of the head with a dark colored handgun. Both victims were then forced to the ground face down. The three perpetrators then forcibly removed property from the victims to include cell phones(s), currency, and personal papers. The suspects were last seen fleeing the location in an older model, dark colored vehicle.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but there is something especially disturbing about hearing of muggings that take place at 8:30am as the OP describes above. At any rate, I don’t think you should be paranoid but please be aware of your surroundings no matter what time of day or night it is and don’t be afraid to call the police to report any suspicious activities you may see.