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Video of Tuesday’s 11am Armed Armed Robbery in the Liquor Store at 17th and U St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth — December 1, 2016 at 10:30 am 20 Comments

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three persons and a vehicle of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery of an Establishment (Gun) offense that occurred in the 1700 block of U Street, Northwest, on Tuesday, November 26, 2016, at approximately 11:12 am.

Three suspects entered the establishment. One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded US currency. The employee complied and the suspects fled in vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle was recovered.

The persons and vehicle of interest can be seen in this video (above.)

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.”

  • Anon

    Wow that is brazen. MPD’s 3rd district station is caddy corner. You can even see police cars in the video.

    • Brother G

      I was about to post the same thing. I live a block away and foolishly believed that the massive police presence in the area gives us added protection from such brazen behavior. Wow!

  • hma

    Who the hell is the guy in the suit!!

    • Anonynon

      that was my question….he just walks in and plays it cool.

      • Bdale Res

        he may have been making a mess in his pants when he realized what he walked in to….

        So it sounds like the recovered the car, but that is about it.

    • TSL

      I thought he might not have realized what he had walked into.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        The clerk is on the floor with his hands up. How could he not realize it?!

        • stacksp

          He definitely realized it. He subscribed to the no sudden movements, keep your head down, mind your business tactic. They are there to rob the store and not you and do not want to fire their weapon unless they are forced to. Its purely for intimidation in most cases.

        • Blithe

          So, what would be the safest option under the circumstances? To run out of the store screaming “Police, Police!” might get you shot. To act as though nothing untoward is happening, and like you are totally focused on the merchandise — not on identifying criminals who really do want to leave quickly — is likely one of the safer choices.

  • DazedandConfused

    So did this happen on a Tuesday or on the 26th?

  • 17&U

    I highly doubt this happened on Tuesday the 26th.

  • hillyeah

    amazing. middle of the day across from the police station. unfortunately, not surprising.

  • stacksp

    The DC MPD Youtube page is full of brazen crimes caught on tape at all times of the day.

  • Anonymous

    That’s crazy, I lived in the group house next door for a few years. The family that runs this shop is so nice. Incredible that it happened in broad daylight across from the police station!!! WTF.

  • ryan2499

    Why not grab some booze on the way out?

    Seriously though, it’s clearly not their first dance. Coordinated plain outfits with hoods and faces covered, plastic gloves, pretty organized in their movements once in the store and clean escape plan where the two left behind knew to just cooly keep walking and meet up at another point.

  • JB

    Gotta love police jargon: “One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded US currency.”

    You mean he didn’t demand Euros? Yuan? New Zealand dollars?

    • TSL

      Or just “money?”

  • Derek

    Wow so sad. Ben Moll is a great store and the employees are super nice. Crazy the police station is across the street! I lived nearby for years and would never expect an armed robbery in daylight.

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