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Disturbing Robbery/Assault Reported on Columbia Heights Listserv

by Prince Of Petworth June 28, 2012 at 11:30 am 32 Comments

Photo of Tubman Elementary, 13th and Kenyon St, NW, by PoPville flickr user guy_incognito

From the CH Listserv:

At seven or so this evening, a friend of mine encountered a young (she said 30s?) man who had just been assaulted and robbed. The guy told her that he had tried to sell his camera on Craigslist, met the “buyers” at Harriet Tubman school (in the parking lot), and was beaten up and robbed. He called the police, and my friend also followed up with the police afterwards.

She was understandably alarmed, not only because it is always traumatic to encounter a relatively violent crime, but because it was around 7pm (ie, bright out) and there were people all around, including several witnesses who did nothing. That was sort of a shame, as HT really is in the heart of Columbia Heights. I’m emailing the listhost because:

1. you know. FYI?
2. BE CAREFUL when selling things on craigslist!
3. If you see something, say something? My friend saw a bloodied young man and people just passed him by. I know that it’s not always the safest thing to help strangers, but we’re a great neighborhood, and I’d hate to think of any of us sitting there unhelped.

Anyway, sorry for the mini rant. Hope you’re all safe, and and that you help a person in need (if it’s within your power).


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