“These construction workers were VERY brave to take on this guy”

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm 48 Comments


Ed. Note: “Lieutenant Wright made a typo when posting on the list serve. The incident occurred in the rear of the 200 block of V Street, NW.”

An update from a reader:

“This sounds exactly what happened at that time in Bloomingdale today. I witnessed it from inside my house on Crispus Atticus Park. It was in the alley on the park between U and V St. I heard a gun shot fired — then walked to back of house and saw 3 construction workers struggling with the suspect. I couldn’t see the gun at first but heard a couple more rounds go off during the struggle. It was extremely scary. Another construction worked joined the struggle — they wrestled the gun away from the suspect and pinned him to the ground.

I was on phone with 911 during the struggle and cops showed up with in about 2-3 minutes. I took the attached picture of EMS taking away the suspect who apparently was injured during the struggle.

These construction workers were VERY brave to take on this guy.

From MPD:

“At approximately 1130 hours Fifth District received a call for sounds of gunshot in the rear 200 block of V street NW. When the officer arrived several males were holding the suspect on the ground. It was reported that the suspect approached the victim and attempted to rob him. The suspect produced a revolver and the victim grabbed the weapon and as a result the revolver was fired three times one round struck the victim on the left check. The suspect was apprehended by a few men who were working on a vacant house. The weapon was recovered on the scene.”

  • houseintherear

    YESSSS to people nearby holding him down until apprehended!!

    • stacksp


  • U St neighbor

    Pretty brazen. About a block from the precinct with the streets lined with parked cop cars.

  • Jaqueline

    huh?? why would the fifth district be there if this was in nw? makes no sense. you sure this wasn’t ne?

    • 18th Street

      I’d put this more Adams Morgan than U Street.

      • Jaqueline

        well what i’m saying is that the fifth district is way across town so they would not respond to something near u street let alone adams morgan. this reads more like a typo than anything. i don’t think it happened where it says it happened

    • I’ve asked MPD to confirm it was NW or if it was a typo – thank you!

      • steve

        if it was Crispus Atticus Park then it was NW

        • Yeah – it seems they meant the 2000 block of 1st Street, NW

          • Matt

            Or, more likely, the 200 block of V St, NW.

          • David

            It’s between No Capital and 1st, between U and V.

          • David


    • INWDC

      Yeah, something’s wrong here. It would make zero sense for the 5th responding to an incident that is literally 100 feet away from the 3rd district hq (and if that is correct, then what in the crippling f is that about?)

    • MtP

      It has to be NE, I don’t think there is a 2000 V St NW, and that map is pinned at like 1750 V St. NW.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Or two-hundred block, not two-thousand block, of NW

      • KCDC

        Crispus Attucks Park is in NW and this happened outside my house. It was NW without a doubt.

  • V Street Resident

    That is one block from the 3rd District, and V Street is usually teeming with officers walking around. That’s one motivated or unaware criminal. Hope the victim is OK.

  • U neighbor

    The audacity he had to rob someone within a half block of the police station is not a good sign. Happy summer everybody.

    • Don’t lose hope! We need to continue sticking together to combat these foolish guys committing crimes. I am a business owner; therefore, I cannot lose hope.

  • DC

    5th District covers part of NW. Not sure about this part. Bloomingdale is in the 5th District.

  • KaloRamaRama

    Agree with Jacqueline, the 5th District includes 2000 V St NE, a block from “Syd’s Drive-in Liquor Store,” IMHO a much more likely candidate for a daytime robbery at gunpoint.

  • textdoc

    Yikes… the victim was held up at gunpoint at 11:30 a.m.?!?

  • Age

    Just sent in a note — I witnessed this it happened in Bloomingdale in the alley between U st and V st on Crispus Atticus Park. I heard the gunshot, looked back out of house and saw the construction workers struggling with suspect, then more shots fired, until they wrested the gun away from the suspect. It didn’t appear anyone was seriously injured. I emailed in picture of suspect being taken away by EMS. Looked like he had some minor injuries as the construction workers were fighting for their lives. VERY BRAVE of the construction workers and extremely scary that this happened midday on a Monday.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Thank you for the update. If you were able to tell, did the original victim of the robbery (who the police account indicates was shot in the cheek) ok? Could you tell whether the victim was one of the construction workers or just some random person walking over there?

      • Age

        The victim was one of the construction workers… I think I witnessed the shot that injured his check. The gun was pressed up against his face during the struggle when the gun went off. So it definitely wasn’t a shot to the head — although VERY close. I think that’s what they are saying was the injury. To clarify the young man on the gurney is the suspect.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Thank you again for the observations. A few random thoughts:
          1.) I’m glad the victim wasn’t hurt more seriously. That must have been crazy terrifying.
          2.) I take no pride in feeling this way, but I’m glad the robber ended up on the stretcher. I’m glad he didn’t get killed, but I’m also glad that he did get hurt.
          3.) What kind of stupid m*f* tries to rob a construction worker? He probably isn’t going to have much money, and he probably isn’t the softest of targets a would-be robber is likely to encounter. If I “had to” rob somebody, and I could choose between a construction worker vs. just about anybody else, I’d probably pick just about anybody else, except maybe a martial arts instructor or a police officer in uniform.

          • Anon

            Some construction workers may not be here entirely legally, as such, they would be far less likely to report this crime to the police.

          • HaileUnlikely

            They’re probably more likely to be able to kick your ass, and to have friends who will come to their aid and kick your ass, than the average guy walking down the street messing around with his phone, though.

          • neighbor

            Sadly people who look hispanic and low income are probably the biggest victims of crime. Construction and hospitality works are often paid in cash and there is a perception that they are either unlikely to report being robbed or won’t be taken seriously.
            We live in Hill East and have a hard-working spanish speaking neighbor who seems to get robbed constantly. I am white and walk the same streets at all hours and have never been robbed. It’s a clear case of racial targeting and very sad because the victims are often precisely those who can least afford to lose the money.
            To be honest I think MPD and the USA’s office should really start pursuing these cases as bias crimes. It’s very clear the victims are targeted because of their race and it has a hugely negative impact on the hispanic community in the area.

  • Anonymouse

    Guy with a gun. Fires shots. Injures a person.
    That’s three separate felonies right there.
    Any guess on whether the US Attorney’s Office will even bother prosecuting the case?
    And any word from Kenyan McDuffie on how much this guy should get as a taxpayer-paid stipend so he doesn’t try to rob other people?

    • Brightwoodian

      Great point! While I agree that felons need an opportunity to rehabilitate back into their community, I don’t understand why there is a push to quit prosecuting criminals for their crimes.

  • JL

    Props to the brave construction workers for taking down this scumbag!! Yea! Hope this guy stays in jail for a good long while. Hope the victim heals soon.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Glad to see that the construction workers were able to stop the guy, and as much as I hate to say it, I’m glad they put the hurt on him to the point that he was taken away on a stretcher (provided the guy in the photo is actually the suspect and not the original robbery victim).
    That said, I wouldn’t ever recommend trying that at home. The police note that the victim was struck by one round in the cheek, which is obviously not more than an inch or two from having his brains blown out. A man was killed in a robbery-gone-bad at 13th & Van Buren St NW in Brightwood a year or so ago when a guy pulled a gun on a group of 3-4 men, one of the men struggled with the gunman, and the gun went off and one of the struggling-victim’s friends was shot in the chest and died.

    • textdoc

      +1. The victim is very, very fortunate that things didn’t turn out worse, and thank God the construction workers didn’t get shot while apprehending the guy.

      • David

        I’m glad it turned out as it did, but geez, I don’t think I’d suggest anyone do what the victim or the construction workers did. I’d like to buy them a drink though.

    • 18th Street

      Do you know if they caught the scum bag that was responsible?

      • anon

        You might want to read the actual post.

        • anon2

          no need to be snarky…looks like 18th st was replying to haile’s comment.

        • 18th Street

          I was referring to the incident at 13th and Van Buren a year ago

          • HaileUnlikely

            Oh, sorry, did not realize that’s what you were referring to. Yes, MPD arrested Herman Odom (age 23), Javonte Odom (age 20), and Ammaad Chase-El (age 23) in the murder of Antonio Ayala at 13th & Van Buren.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Court records indicate that one of them has been found incompetent to stand trial due to refusal to take meds needed to participate in efforts to attempt to restore competency; other two still waiting for trial due to questions of competency of co-defendent.

        • anon

          My bad. Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously good stuff guys!!! I hope they landed a few extra elbows to the face prior to the police arriving

  • Dd

    It’s Crispus Attucks park not Crispus Atticus hahaha

    • textdoc

      Autocorrect gone wild?

    • Alan

      You would think being the first person to die from the Shot Heard Around The World would entitle to you getting your name spelled right in the country you died to fight for, but oh well.

      • fact check

        The Shot Heard Around the World was the beginning of the Battle of Lexington & Concord (1775). Crispus Attucks was shot during the Boston Massacre, 5 years earlier

  • Alan

    Honestly, if we all stuck together like this, crime could really go down in this city…


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