Man Hit in Back of Head with Metal Pole Yesterday at 5pm by Teenagers in Hill East

by Prince Of Petworth December 3, 2013 at 11:40 am 48 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I live on 16th street SE, between east capitol and A SE. Last night my father in law went to get some milk at the Cupboard around 5pm.

Apparently as he walked on East Capitol he passed a group of teenage high schoolers (presumably from Eastern High School). One came up behind him and hit him on the head with a metal pole. [He is doing ok. Just needed stitches. He is very lucky that he was hit where he was, a couple inches over he may not be here with us.] The kid ran off and the others laughed and then dispersed as he made it back to our home afraid they would continue to attack him.

We had the police respond and they were unable to find anything at this point. I have often felt uncomfortable and harassed by high school age children in this area and now they are actually attacking people for fun.

There was no attempt to take any of his possessions, so this is just a depraved act similar to the knockout games.”

  • anonymous

    Very sorry to hear about your father-in-law, but angry at the Clockwork Orange-like antics these and other hooligans are up to with these senseless and evil knockout “games.” While I have lived here for over 10 years and know how to be alert (and even paranoid about crime), I’d never allow my mom to walk around my neighborhood (Cap Hill) alone. Too many things to think about that don’t come natural for someone who is used to living in a very safe and comfortable community. I wouldn’t want her on the metro either, period. I live with risk by living in the city, but I’d hate for a family member to get hurt just by visiting me in this city.

  • Anony

    Savages. Can we stop calling this a “game”. It is an act of violence.

    First sucker punching, now using metal poles. I would love to see them take on someone squared up to them one on one….but then the laws would just protect them as juveniles.

    • Anonymous

      totally agreee. on both points.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU!

      Would we call it a game if people started stealing cars to see who could get the nicest one? The carjacking game? No… and this shouldn’t be any different. It is assault, plain and simple. Calling it a game just seems to validate its relative innocence, regardless of the condemnation that is going with it. Not that I condone any crime, but I am tempted to say that assault for robbery is less disgusting than assault with the sole intention of injury.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a myth, right? No one actually participates in such savage antics, right?

  • Anonymous

    “A Modest Proposal” is an appealing concept at times.

    • This is the second time you – or another anonymous – has mentioned “A Modest Proposal” as a solution/appealing concept on a similar thread. But you are still using the reference incorrectly.

      Here’s the Wiki quickie

      A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick,[1] commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Swift suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies.[2] This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general.

      • wdc

        Why do you think the reference is used incorrectly here? The previous poster might well be in favor of lifting project-dwellers out of the poverty that engenders this behavior. And there certainly are a lot of children.
        I get that it’s a tired allusion, but I don’t see why you think the person who posted it doesn’t know what it means. He just wants to purchase poor children for use as food.

        • common sense

          The comment makes no sense on several levels

          1) It assumes that the parties committing the assault in question were poor. There’s no evidence of that and wealth (or lack thereof) isn’t a motive in senseless assaults
          2) Even if every poor child in America were eaten by rich people (taking the satire in question literally), there’d still be plenty of violent assault to go around, particularly of the domestic variety, but also for similarly ridiculous motives such as road rage (I’d also imagine anyone willing to eat children might be inclined to swing a metal pipe or two).

          • Walker, DC Ranger

            There’s no evidence that any of this happened. There’s no evidence that anything happens to anyone other than their word, really.

            So you must not believe in anything you can’t experience yourself. Must be from Missouri.

          • Anonymous

            missouri? i don’t get the reference.

          • textdoc

            I believe Walker is alluding to Missouri’s nickname, “The Show-Me State.”

      • previous mentioner of “A Modest Proposal”

        Don’t know if it’s come up elsewhere, but my reference to it was not at all related to crime. I think someone was using the phrase “gluten-free children,” which made me think of “A Modest Proposal.”

        • Anonymous

          yumm, gluten free children.

  • Nolo

    One City.

  • That Man A

    thats wild

  • Anonymous

    Sorry OP. Eastern is still a mess and magnet for this kind of behavior. Of course the handful of Eastern boosters would disagree and rave about how people move to the area just so they can put their kid in school there. yeah right.

    • Anonymous

      Why do you and the OP assume that these kids attend Eastern? What was the purpose of stating this detail when you don’t know anything about the group of young people? Please be aware of your prejudices and think about it before you start stereotyping individuals.

      • anonymous

        how do you know they weren’t a pack of wolves dressed as teenagers, or it wasn’t a bat instead of a pipe?? seriously Anon 8:02… open your eyes

        • Anonymous

          Anon 841,

          A pack of wolves dressed as teenagers? Really? So all teens that live in that area go to Eastern? Or are you saying all teens that engage in crimes and hang out in Capitol Hill go to Eastern? If your so certain of your claims why don’t you have a conversation with the Eastern principal to discuss their wild crime ridden students and enlighten others with your wisdom.

          • anonymous

            Ah yes, sarcasm lost in translation…
            And it was not my original claim that they went to Eastern. May even be drop outs for all we know. But it is, however, absolutely ridiculous that you are getting caught up in the semantics of school districts, when you are glossing over the fact that a very specific “group of teens” has nearly murdered an innocent victim for no apparent reason.

  • John

    I’m sure the victim gave a description of the assailants to the officers who responded.

    Regarding the subsequent reporting by Popville or other outlets, how would “be on the lookout for Black teens” be helpful to you as a reader? Honest questions.

  • anonymous

    This is just ridiculous that these sort of attacks continue to happen and go largely unresolved. I’m sorry to make the assumptions of race of perpetrators and victim, but I can’t help but notice the details are left out. If it is indeed consistent with other attacks, I would guess the victim is a “white gentrifier”, and the perps are african american youth. We need to stop tip-toeing around the issue – that these attacks are clearly defined “hate crimes – when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group”, and these crimes should be handled by MPD in such a manner and prosecuted to that full extent. Today’s misguided youth – slowly eroding years of civil rights progress.

    • Anonymous

      i’m not sure what acknowledging race does to end violence.
      do you?

      • anonymous

        treating the crime as it should, and not just a “game” or “prank” does a few things:
        1. stiffer (by law) penalties, even to juveniles
        2. brings public and media attention to this issue. puts pressure on MPD, etc.

        you can bet if there was a roving gang of white gentrifiers going around beating up and causing life threatening injuries to victims based only on race, it would be a media circus.

        • Chareth Cutestory

          I’m just not clear on how noting their race would helpful to the reader of this blog post. Your argument in number 2 above suggests that Popville should mention the race of the attackers because of the media frenzy that would result if the attackers were white. Are media frenzies helpful to you as a concerned reader?

          • anonymous

            no, but the increased pressure put on MPD and the law makers to actually do something to prevent this attacks, as well as the increased severity of punishment for these thugs is.

          • Chareth Cutestory

            Doesn’t this blog post (and others like it) accomplish that without noting the race of the attackers? Surely you’re not suggesting there be increased severity of punishment based on race.

          • anonymous

            CC, yes this blog does bring awareness. I think it is a disservice though by not bringing to light the motivational factors in these crimes – which seems to me a race based one. Perhaps POP didn’t have those facts, perhaps the poster didn’t mention that, I get that. I am not suggesting punishment be different based on race. But I am suggesting punishment of said hate crimes be treated with more severity, regardless of the race of the perpetrator. ie, if someone was burning crosses in front laws or vandalizing jewish businesses, I would hope that those criminals are treated with the extreme severity that the crime dictates.

        • Anonymous

          you think the mpd treats this as a game?

          dude, come on.
          you’re not really playing with a full set here.

    • Anon X

      you clearly dont understand hate crimes.

      a straight person who attacks a gay person is not automatically committing a hate crime. a white person who attacks a black person is not automatically committing a hate crime.

      just thought we needed to clear that up.

      Unless you have additional details that you’re not sharing, even if these kids were black, which I guess they probably were, but will be pleased if I am wrong, and the victim is white – unless there’s something else to go on, how would you consider this a hate crime? Because you’re making a bunch of assumptions? Sweet.

      • anonymous

        No…. you clearly do not understand hate crimes. As per MPD, this squarely falls in the definition of hate crime: http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/hate-crimes-faqs. Without motive of theft or provocation, I don’t know how you could argue that these random attacks are anything but targeted toward victims of varying social class. Explain to me how it’s not. Kids will be kids? BS.

        These need to be reported and treated as such.

        • Anonymous

          because white gentrifiers are not the only targets.

          • anonymous

            ok. show me a case where the victim isn’t of varying social class.

        • Anonymous

          You do get that “race” and “social class” are not synonymous, right?

          • anonymous

            It was never stated that they were.

  • Anonymous

    You know how there’s a lot of crime east of the anacostia river? That’s crime that’s mostly occurring to poor people.

    • anonymous

      spare me the smug liberal BS. of course there is more crime among poorer communities. and most are attached to motives/reasons – theft, drugs, gangs, whatever. and of course the larger problem of those crimes should be dealt with. but i asked you to show me a case of random attacks occurring against victims not of varying social class, not hide behind the typical PC rhetoric. maybe you’ll find one, but to me it’s a statistical anomaly.

      • power of flight

        What’s smug or even liberal about pointing out there’s crime across the river? And you’re acknowledging that there’s more crime there while demanding an example of a random violent attack in Anacostia, with the expectation that there are none? Why, because you haven’t heard any reports of any? Because I’m absolutely certain that you haven’t read about any specific crimes east of the river on any of the websites you frequent.

        • anonymous

          you (or Anonymous) are presenting a strawman argument, clearly misrepresenting what i asked. quite simply restated, i asked to show me a case of these random attacks by a group (with no clear motive) perpetrated on a victim not of a varying social class, solidifying my statement that this should indeed be treated as a hate crime. it doesn’t have to be across the river per your assertion. it could be a group of affluent white kids in foxhall beating up some white yuppie with a pipe. this is savage behavior, and it does the public no good to hide behind a veil of bleeding heart excuses. further ad hominem accusations that i don’t know what happens in poorer communities does not change facts.

          • Anonymous

            Unproven assertions are not facts. Try again.

          • anonymous

            i don’t know why i would have expected a logical counter viewpoint from behind your rose colored glasses

          • Anonymous

            Here’s logic: you need to prove a hate crime – not assume it and ask for evidence otherwise. The rest of your blather is mildly stupid / offensive. By the way, watching Judge Judy doesn’t make you a lawyer, and dumb talking points don’t make you a true conservative.

          • anonymous

            Instead of foaming at the mouth at the mere thought that these random acts of cowardice may have racial undertones, just read the actual definition of a hate crime as posted by the MPD instead of making one up in your head. Go ahead. Now tell me how they don’t fit that definition, as I’ve been asking, and you have so far failed to do on numerous accounts. Not every “hate crime” has to look like Matthew Shepard or Emmett Till.

      • Anonymous

        sounds like your mind is already made up.

  • Anonymous


  • Ally

    So sorry to hear that happened to your father-in-law. I own a home just a couple of blocks away (16th/A SE), so we’re neighbors. I’ve been lucky not to have anything like this happen in the 5+ years I’ve lived there. You shouldn’t have to do this, but one thing someone recommended to me years back that help a little is to immediately walk to the other side of the street if you see a group of teenagers or anyone who makes you uncomfortable walking toward you. Seems paranoid, but if they cross over after you — especially mid-street — at least you have a bit of a head start on getting away. I wish that area around the Cupboard would get better…it’s a great store, but the owner is constantly battling kids who come in there and cause trouble (I’d say I see him having to fuss at teenagers about 80% of the time I go in there). Oddly enough, I think the corner market on 15th and Independence is a little safer to walk to … and that’s saying a lot! Anyway, glad your father-in-law is okay. Hopefully they’ll catch the jackasses who did that to him.

  • nora b

    The complainant reported being struck by an unknown object. The complainant received medical treatment on the scene. The lookout is for a black male, 16-18 years of age, thin build, wearing a long black coat, baseball cap and black pants. This is being actively investigated by the First District Detectives, who can be contacted on (202) 299-2025. Also, if you or anyone else has any information about this case, please call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

    From: a
    Lieutenant Michael Thornton
    First District PSA 108

    From: jtravis@… [mailto:jtravis@…]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 03:21 PM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: [MPD-1D] RE: Daily Crime Report – 1D

    Can you provide more info on this incident:
    PSA: 108
    CCN: 13172777
    RPT DATE: 12/02/2013 18:33
    OFFENSE: Assault W/Dangerous Weapon
    METHOD: Assault W/Deadly Weapon (Unknown Weapons)
    LOCATION: Sidewalk
    START DT: 12/02/2013 17:05
    END DT: 12/02/2013 17:10


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