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About that Big Police Presence in Petworth Last Night

by Prince Of Petworth February 3, 2016 at 8:54 am 31 Comments

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

Any idea what the police activity at New Hampshire & Upshur was tonight around 9:30 PM? Cops giving chase on foot, lots of cop cars, and the cops looking for someone in my yard and going through my neighbor’s trash cans. Pretty spooky.”

From MPD:

“On February 2nd, 2016, at approximately 9:30 P.M., Fourth District police officers received a 911 call for an Armed Robbery that had just occurred in the 4200 block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW. The 911 Dispatcher provided the officers with a description of 4-6 suspects wearing ski masks and dark clothing. One of the suspects was reported to be armed with a black handgun. As officers responded to the scene, the suspects in the first Armed Robbery proceeded to locate a second victim and commit a second robbery in the 500 block of Varnum Street, NW.

As the officers were canvassing for the victim of the first robbery, they observed four suspects wearing all dark clothing and ski masks running eastbound in the 500 block of Varnum Street, NW. When the officers attempted to stop the suspects, they continued fleeing southbound into the west alley of Grant Circle, NW. The officers pursued the suspects on foot and apprehended all four suspects. Prior to their apprehension, the suspects were observed removing their ski masks and throwing them to the ground, as well as discarding the victim’s property.

Pursuant to this investigation, a black BB pistol, a knife, ski masks, and property belonging to the victims of both robberies was recovered. Four juvenile males were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this offense to contact the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.”

  • dat

    Stupid, stupid, stupid damn kids. I hope they get the punishment they deserve and help they need.

    Props to the cops and alert neighbors.

    • Pat

      They won’t. MPD accidentally sent most of the perps’ personal information to the 4th district list serve, and someone forwarded it all to the Petworth List Serve. I’m not lawyer, but I’m sure there’s an easy way to use that process fail to get them completely out of whatever wrist-slapping they would have ordinarily received.

      • dat

        At least we can see that they’re not from the neighborhood.

        • kgw

          It’s curious that these kids would come up to residential Petworth for armed robbery when they could roam their own neighborhoods and find more targets walking around at 9:30 pm. Of course they need to get back home before curfew and school the next day.

          • Anonymous

            These kids are targeting ward 4 neighborhoods close to Georgia Ave buses, but also (and more so) close to the Petworth metro so that they can make their escape. Generally commuters or people walking alone early in the evening.

          • CapHillNative

            The people in their own neighborhood aren’t worth robbing, there is nothing of value on them. Poor people don’t usually rob other poor people. Also, gentrified neighborhoods have a false sense of safety and walk around with headphones in and unaware of surroundings and its a good bet unarmed. Locals are more likely to have a knife or pepper spray and be aware… and shit we might know you. I don’t understand why this is so confusing, you’re easy targets.

          • Anon

            “Poor people don’t usually rob poor people” – I understand how this makes intuitive sense, but that’s simply not true. Proximity makes a world of difference.

          • CapHillNative

            In the city EVERYONE is close. DC is pretty small, richer people are just a metro stop or a few blocks away.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Correct anon. However, I think it would be fair to say that given comparable ease of access to either type of victim, most would rather rob a victim who is likely to have good stuff to steal and will not fight back, than rob a victim who is unlikely to have anything good and is also more likely to fight back.

          • MK

            I think it’s pretty common, some kids probably around 18 s tried to sell me prescription drugs a couple weeks ago outside of Lyman’s on a Saturday night. I said no but talked with them outside while my friend smoked a cig and the kids then asked me for directions back home to Anacostia.

    • atlascesar

      These are likely the type of people who will be paid $9k/year to stay out of trouble under proposed DC legislation. Maybe they are just hoping to get their foot in the door before the bill passes?

      • go-getter

        It’s sort-of like an intern/apprenticeship program. You have to prove you’ve got the potential to be a criminal before collecting a paycheck for being one.

      • Anonymous

        Um, no. These kids won’t be in that program because they now have a record.

  • Petworth Diva

    I was just driving home to witness heavy police presence at Grant Circle, not far from me. Glad to read this report & hear the perps were caught. I also spoke to one of the roommates of a victim & he was quite upset to tell me his friend had been robbed right in front of his house, on a quiet block with few problems. Excellent job, MPD, in catching these kids.

  • dcd

    I’m sure they’re just protesting gentrification. Also, they’re just kids! We shouldn’t jail them – after all, their brains aren’t fully formed yet.

    • Anon

      Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…

      • NorthbyNE

        Thank you for making my day, Abe Simpson.

        Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ’em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say.

        • NotGrinchandNotScrooge

          We had to say dickety because the Kaiser had stolen our word “twenty.” What’re you cackling at, fatty? Too much pie, that’s your problem!

    • CapHillNative

      I don’t think anyone is arguing they shouldn’t be jailed but this could potentially be the worst mistake of their life. Juvenile detention should be and hopefully is about rehabilitation, we cannot declare kids as hopeless for committing crimes… they can still be reformed. That isn’t to say they all will be and that they won’t go on to commit crimes as adults, but the response from the system AND society on their mistake can make a huge difference in the adults they become. Don’t dehumanize them and don’t write them off, that only guarantees they become the leeches on society you fear.

    • MMMkay

      I’ve never actually heard anyone make this argument, except sarcastically like this. I feel like I’m on reddit, where people spend most of their time arguing with strawmen they just made up.

      • dcd

        You should pay closer attention.

    • Anonymous

      Zzzzzzz. You’re a broken record and post the same drivel in every thread. Get a new schtick.
      Crime in DC has been here a lot longer than you. And will remain even after you’re long gone.
      Props to MPD for the fast response and hauling these kids in.

  • kgw

    KUDOS to MPD for quick response and arrests!

  • Anonymous

    Kids that match this description have been responsible for a ton of robberies and assaults in Petworth lately. Many times these have been around the metro deep in the neighborhood. I hope they bring in former victims to potentially ID these criminals. Robberies are out of control in Ward 4!

  • ugh

    Ugh. I was walking on the exact block when all of this must have been happening. I didn’t see anything until I was in Grant Circle and I heard a commotion behind me. I turned around to see someone getting tackled. At first, I couldn’t tell if it was just kids playing or something bad going down and just as I was about to put my phone to my ear to call the cops a cop car came speeding through the Circle. I guess I saw a cop tackling one of the suspects.

    Within seconds, there was an army of police cars. I would definitely say props to the cops on this one. They were there fast and in full force.

  • Petworth Diva

    I called them kids due to their ages. However, I want the friggin’ book thrown at them for what, armed assault? Pretty serious crime to be engaged in as a juvenile.

  • kelm

    Someone smashed in the rear window of our car, which was parked in the alley between Shepherd and Randolph. Doesn’t look like anything was taken, because there’s nothing to take (unless you like old CDs), but not a good day in Petworth.

  • marthab

    Dangit.. this is why I will always be driving and not walking to Slash Run :(

  • Teddy

    I believe I ran into this group of teenagers last night. I was leaving the Yes Organic Market at 8:45 and walked south on the west side of Georgia Ave. A group of 6 young men, all in black clothing, came walking toward me. As they got closer they all raised masks to cover their faces. Lucky for me, there was a police cruiser around the corner with its lights flashing, as he was helping a disabled vehicle on Taylor Street. I guess they decided against mugging me when they came into view of the police car. I was definitely surprised at how vulnerable I felt walking right on Georgia Ave. Proof that Petworth still has a long way to go and we need more and better police presence. Hope these kids get some swift punishment and rehabilitation.

    • tke

      I agree that we can do better in Petworth. But doing better in our neighborhood will not end crime, if criminal-minded folk come in from other neighborhoods (or states) to commit crimes where we live. From the comments above, these perps didn’t live nearby.

    • anon

      I take it you didn’t notify the police. How many more times do we have to read these police reports before admitting that a group of 6 black teens in black clothing and ski masks wandering the streets at night is a group of muggers? Report, report, report, even if it’s after you get home. If they were the same kids reporting them might have helped prevent a crime.


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