15 Year Old Arrested in Alleged Assault on the MBT where Victim was “approached by 14 juvenile males on bikes”

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2016 at 10:00 am 27 Comments


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District have announced an arrest has been made in a Robbery Force and Violence offense, which occurred in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at approximately 4:50 pm.

The victim was walking to his residence when he was approached by approximately 14 juvenile males on bikes. Several suspects assaulted the victim and stole his cell phone.

On Friday, April 1, 2016, a 15-year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, was arrested and charged with Robbery Force and Violence.

This case remains under investigation.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

  • Hill Denizen

    Holy smokes that sounds terrifying.

  • bp

    there was also a large group of teenagers on the MBT early Thursday evening shooting indiscriminately. MPD shut down a couple blocks of Franklin St, but I haven’t found any follow-up on the incident.

    • Anon

      say what?

    • anonymous

      What? Like with guns?

      • bp

        that’s what we were told

  • DC Resident

    This is what you get when you make it a policy to not punish criminality– invincible teens who violate others’ civil rights without fear of penalty. Instead of not punishing, why don’t we invest in better parenting and education so children are not raised to think this behavior is normal or okay? Instead of putting them in jail we could send them to military boarding school. Teach them respect, dignity and self-realization instead of the current narrative of being a victim of their circumstances with no control over their destiny. The current policies are not a solution to the problems.

    • anon101


    • GBinCH

      Military school is actually not a bad idea. Better that prison in some sense – makes it a focus of providing an education and values while keeping kids of the street.

    • dcd

      If they’re over 18, instead of military school, how about a stint in the actual military. I’m sure there are dozens of reasons this won’t work, but . . .

      • wdc

        Military doesn’t want ’em. It’s getting harder to get in these days. And frankly, given how much grief is caused by soldiers who DO want to be there and ARE on board with the training and discipline requirements, I don’t want to make things worse by stacking the deck against the officers whose job it is to maintain order. Would you give these kids guns? Barring some basic training epiphany, you risk another Bales massacre.

        • Kingman Park

          +1000 these kinds of people are absolutely worthless in pretty much every situation. They can’t be counted on for anything.

          • MtR

            If that is society’s attitude towards the kids, is it any wonder why the cycle is hard to break?

      • Anon5

        Military service requires a high school diploma, or for some positions, a GED.

  • wdc

    Near where I grew up, there was a boarding school for boys. It was kids with troubles– criminal records, social adjustment problems, etc. There were regular classes, but also vocational training, and in between it all, lots of hands-on farming. They grew most of what they ate, and cared for the animals and such. There were sports teams, but only the very best-behaved boys were allowed to participate, thus they were motivated to be good.
    Do these institutions still exist? I was a kid, but I recall the adults talking about it producing good results, at least in some cases. Seems like a kid with 14 friends who are willing to gang up on a single target needs to be removed from that environment and given a solid set of carrots and sticks.

  • textdoc

    At first I didn’t see the green link to last week’s post (https://www.popville.com/2016/03/assault-on-metropolitan-branch-trail-by-20-juvenile-suspects-at-450pm/ ) and thought these were TWO separate incidents involving 15-20 juveniles. Glad to know it’s one incident.

  • dcd

    That is a 15 yo with some foresight. By committing a violent crime as a juvenile, he likely will escape any sort of serious consequence, and at the same time set himself up for receiving his “please don’t commit a crime” payment from the DC government in the near future. We should be applauding his initiative! #Sarcasm

    • BB

      Don’t forget the 4000/month apartment from the mayor as well

  • hiphop anonymous
    • neighbor

      I read this too. Terrifying. Poor guy. Any kids who could do this to a person probably need to be involuntarily committed.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, the victim escalated the fight? Not a smart move.
      Pick your battles, folks.

      • Anon Spock

        My first thought. 20 kids and you’re chasing them down alone?

  • ke

    Ugh, the amount of juvenile crime in this city is so troubling. I think that other folks have mentioned here that, if you’re troubled by juvenile crime, you should volunteer in the community. Does anyone have any suggestions on good volunteer opportunities?

    • Makhnovisti

      Planned Parenthood
      Guitars not Guns
      GirlsRock, WeRock
      Phoenix Bikes

      And the like.

      • sbc

        big brothers big sisters (male mentors are in especially short supply)
        generation hope

    • Makhnovisti

      As well as anything concerned with getting lead identified and neutralized, or even better, removed.

      • ke


  • DMtob

    I think there needs to be a very strong distinction between consequences for violent crime vs. non-violent crime. I think there is a growing consensus that we have too many people in jail for non-violent drug offenses, and I agree with that. However, I think we are still way to lenient on violent crime. Get the non-violent offenders out on probation, but keep the violent offenders locked up for a long time.


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