“Two suspects, armed with handguns, forced their way into a residence and held the occupants at gunpoint”

by Prince Of Petworth August 17, 2016 at 11:10 am 24 Comments

vehicle stolen during a Burglary One While Armed via MPD

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle stolen during a Burglary One While Armed offense which occurred in the 1800 block of Upshur Street, Northwest, on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at approximately 10:38 pm.

Two suspects, armed with handguns, forced their way into a residence and held the occupants at gunpoint. One victim received minor injuries. The suspects stole a laptop and a black-colored 2004 Volkswagen Jetta wagon with DC tags CR1373. The vehicle in the photo is the actual vehicle. The vehicle has a bike rack attached to the rear of the vehicle as well as distinctive stickers on the rear bumper and lift gate.

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.”

  • mfldc

    This report states that the incident happened on Sunday. That is incorrect. It happened around 10:30 pm on Saturday, August 13th. It is hard to trust the police department being able to do anything to stop these kinds of crimes when they can’t even identify the correct date!! . . .

  • anon

    Nice catch. I assume you’ll send a polite email to them so they can issue a correction?

  • Nick

    The car received a parking ticket yesterday parked without owners consent in the garage of 514 Randolph St NW 8:02PM

    • west_egg

      LOL, nice detective work. You should send this into the TEXT TIP LINE.

      • Nick

        Already did hope they catch these guys

      • U neighbor

        1) I’m sure if they were clever enough to find out that information, they were also smart enough to send the tip in.
        2) Putting this info publicly on this blog could lead to other tips from other readers who maybe live nearby that address and witnessed something or have security camera footage.
        3) As a person who has had to report an illegally parked vehicle in my alley blocking my garage, I was told, to my amazement, that the two systems don’t actually talk to one another — that is, stolen vehicles database, and the database of parking tickets for vehicles that suspiciously resemble a dumped stolen vehicle.

        • west_egg

          For once I wasn’t being sarcastic — I really was complimenting Nick on his detective work.
          In the grand scheme of crime fighting and case resolution, the fact that the stolen vehicle database and the parking ticket system don’t speak to one another has always struck me as some of the lowest of low-hanging fruit.

          • Petworth Landlord

            The stolen vehicle database is a national thing (NICB). There is probably no DC-specific database of stolen vehicles for the parking ticket database (eTims) to talk to.

    • Anony

      I sure hope that MPD has already moved on this…nice work Nick

  • Anon

    Whoa this is kind of horrifying

  • west_egg

    What the actual fuck? So now criminals are forcing their way into homes and holding residents at gunpoint while they’re watching the early evening news? It’s hard not to feel hopeless some days.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t justify this, but I would say that the odds of this being a random act – some strangers hitting a house full of people they don’t know out of the blue – are really low.

    • stacksp

      No one has personal protection thus no fear of retaliation I assume.

      • Anon Spock

        You’re allowed to keep guns in the home, so unless they were known to the assailants, they’d have no way to guarantee they weren’t running into a gun fight.
        If someone wanted to retaliate, buying a gun elsewhere (gun show, etc) isn’t hard at all.

        • Anony

          DC does not have a ‘Stand your Ground’ law which is stupid IMO

          “Washington D.C does not allow the use of force resulting in homicide otherwise known as deadly force, to defend one’s self unless you are a law enforcement officer. “

          • Anony

            I will let the courts decide if my family is threatened though…no brainer

          • transplanted

            This comment showcases a misunderstanding of Stand Your Ground laws in specific and self defense principles in general. Stand your ground laws mean that you have no duty to mitigate or retreat from a dangerous situation – even if you could easily walk away from a situation, under SYG laws you have the right to pull a gun and kill someone who is threatening you. Stand your ground laws are a change from longstanding self-defense principles that say you can defend yourself from bodily harm using force proportionate to the threat, but should at least try to defuse the situation if possible first by leaving. Self defense has never required a duty to retreat [where possible] in one’s own home, so the new [very, very stupid, IMO] trend toward Stand Your Ground has no applicability in a person’s house.
            TL;dr: Stand your ground has nothing to do with armed intruders forcing their way into a private home. Common law self defense principles always have, in this situation, and still do allow for force up to and including deadly to defend against such an action.

        • Anon

          Here’s that voice of reason we’ve all come to expect. ;-)

          • Anon Spock

            And the plethora of unrelated comments from Anon 1-100 I’ve come to expect…

      • gotryit

        Huh? My neighbor has several guns, legally. And he’s just itching to use them, which is scary in its own way.

        • stacksp

          Didn’t realize permits were being granted. I still thought it was a backlog. Good info

          • gotryit

            Shotguns have been allowed for a while. Rifles too, I think. I’m not sure if he has handguns also, but I’m not interested enough to ask.

          • Anon Spock

            Yea, I’m not sure where the idea that people can’t keep guns comes from. Well established that you can for home protection at least even in DC.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Not really a place I would expect violent crime to happen. Yikes.


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