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Props to the Complainant – What Happened After this Guy Woke Up Last Night and Noticed “a suspect standing near his bedroom dresser taking money out of his wallet”

by Prince Of Petworth December 2, 2015 at 9:45 am 28 Comments

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From MPD:

“On Wednesday December 2, 2015, at 03:00AM members of the First District responded to the 1000 block of 10th Street, NE for the report of a Burglary.

The complainant in this case states that he was sleeping in his bedroom when he was suddenly awakened by a noise. The complainant then noticed a suspect standing near his bedroom dresser taking money out of his wallet. The complainant picked up a baseball bat and struck the suspect several times and the suspect fled the home. It was later determined that the subject entered the home by forcing open a rear window. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 40-45 years of age, bald, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the above case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text message 50411.”

  • Holy crap, I’m glad that the victim is OK.

  • blahblahblah

    That is terrifying. I can’t imagine what caliber of sociopath one must be to calmly stand in a sleeping person’s bedroom while emptying their wallet. I’m glad the intruder didn’t get away unscathed.

    • The OP Anon

      “I can’t imagine what caliber of sociopath one must be to calmly stand in a sleeping person’s bedroom while emptying their wallet.”
      Or just really, really high. Or in the depths of drug withdrawal.

      • Anon H St

        Junkie was my thought, too. A rational burglar would have taken some electronics from the living area and gotten out of there, instead of going into the bedroom and waking up the resident.

      • Hill Res

        Speaking of “caliber”…insert topic of defending one’s home with a firearm as an appropriate response in this situation? Tough to do in this town….but I digress. Hear Hear to the bat.

        • I think that might be one of the few justifiable reasons for owning one.

  • anon

    I’m glad I have two dogs that would keep this from ever happening.

    • Anon


      I have a dog, an alarm i set every night and a firearm bedside.

  • madmonk28

    Hope he cracked his skull.

    • Petworth_dude

      Donny Donowitz a.k.a. the Bear Jew of Inglorious Basterds, anyone?

    • Anon

      I hope somebody hugs you today …

      • Anon Spock

        Didn’t take long for someone looking to take it easy on a criminal.

        • madmonk28


  • Chris

    I live in a hi rise so it’s never been likely, but I do keep a bat next to my bed for just this reason.

    And for zombies. Just in case.

  • Complainant

    I had no idea this would end up on popville. But just to be clear, he was in the guest room, while my spouse and I were in our bedroom. And she wailed on him some, too. Not sure if we were wise with our (sleepy) thought process, since we had no idea if he was armed and/or dangerous.

    • Complainant

      Correction: whale, not wail. She is pretty bada$$.

  • sasindc

    Dear Santa, for Christmas this year I would like a bat to keep under my bed. Just in case.

    • OffTheAvenue

      +1 to the bat; adding to my Christmas list

      • Complainant

        As the couple that was “at bat” this morning, we’d suggest a youth sized bat. Swings better in an indoor space.

        • Crowbars work well too.

        • anonymous

          Wood or aluminum?

          • The OP Anon

            Aluminum is more deadly than wood. Won’t break, harder surface, lighter than wood, and swings at a higher rate of speed.

    • andy2

      I too want a bat now – and glad that Complainant suggested a youth bat.

  • Trinidad Resident

    Complainant (if you are still following this thread)- I feel like we see “forced open a window” fairly frequently on these crime posts and I am starting to wonder what that means. Broke the glass? Broke the lock from the outside somehow? We have bars on most of our accessible windows, but a smallish ladder could allow someone to reach a couple of non-barred windows. Besides just keeping them locked, what can we do? Any suggestions?

    • Anon

      +1 I would like to hear the reply to this as well.

    • Distritera

      Complainant, glad you’re okay. Have also been wondering about window security and am curious to hear more specifics about how the perp got in.

  • S

    My daughter’s friend asked why I keep a bat near my bed and door- here is why. Thanks- glad the victims are okay.

  • Ready in Capitol Hill

    We just received our Brooklyn Shorty (short baseball bat) for this very reason.


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