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Props to the Cops

by Prince Of Petworth April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm 10 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

On Saturday April 7, 2012, at approximately 2:09 a.m. a gentleman complainant was assaulted and robbed in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Two suspects robbed the victim of currency and a cellular phone. Fortunately the complainant suffered non-life threatening injuries. The suspects fled on foot. Suspects matching the lookout were stopped a short while/ distance letter and consequently charged with robbery force and violence. A 28 year old male from Forestville, Maryland and a 27 year male from NE Washington, D.C. were arrested.

On Sunday April 8, 2012, at approximately 11:20 p.m. a gentlewoman complainant was robbed at gun point in the 2600 block of Woodley Place NW. The suspect obtained personal property. The complainant was not physically hurt. The suspect fled on foot and made good his escape. Through investigation and communication with the Montgomery County Police Department, a viable suspect has been identified (about 2 hours later). The great ongoing communication and partnership has helped to develop strong leads that will hopefully lead to an arrest in the near future.

  • “gentleman” gentlewoman”. we still use these terms?

    • ro

      they do if you’re robbed in the tonier parts of the city. i shudder to think how they describe a crime victim in foxhall, his majesty? over here is northeast, we’re just complaintants

  • gentlewoman? Who at MPD is writing these releases? They either majored in Shakespearan lit in college or have no idea what they are talking about. Either way they come off as moronic.

    Here is a hint, why don’t you just stick to the every day “male” or “female”.

    • One could argue that simply using the male/female binary labeling can leave our people who consider themselves gendered outside of that. Not that “gentlewoman” is any better, of course…

  • Matt

    Chances are very high that they are writing these releases using a standard outline for syntax and formatting that was published in the mid 80’s on a typewriter. Many government organizations still utilize the same sort of thing. It seems out-dated, but why spend the money to update it (aka, does it really matter)?

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    Since we’re picking nits about the grammar and tone, here’s another: “Fortunately the complainant suffered non-life threatening injuries.” Makes it sound like the writer was happy the guy got injured.

    And another: “The suspect fled on foot and made good his escape.” When reading that line, a prim and proper British voice pops up in my mind.

    All jokes aside, nice work DCPD.

    • +1. The word “only” would have been good here: “Fortunately the complainant suffered ONLY non-life threatening injuries.”

      I rather liked “made good his escape.” :)

    • classic_six

      That whole “prim and proper British” thing is deceiving…Britt properness is years of layers of misperception.

  • Heh heh. I was surprised enough by “gentleman complainant” and even more surprised by “gentlewoman complainant”!


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