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MPD releases Photo of Persons and a Vehicle of Interest Sought in an Armed Robbery (with AK47s) at 5th and Kennedy Yesterday

by Prince Of Petworth — April 20, 2017 at 10:00 am 18 Comments

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Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force seek the public’s assistance in identifying three persons and a vehicle of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery of an armored car employee, which occurred in the 5400 block of 5th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

At approximately 11:47 am, an employee of an armored car service was walking to an establishment carrying an empty currency bag. Two suspects exited a vehicle and approached the employee brandishing assault rifles. The suspects ordered the employee to the ground and took the bag. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. The bag was later recovered by MPD Officers in the 300 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest.

The vehicle of interest, seen in the photos below, is described as possibly being a Dodge or Chrysler, black in color and has four doors.

The persons of interest can be seen in the photos above and are described as:

* Suspect One: black male, 6’1″ in height, wearing a tan sweater, dark pants, and armed with an assault rifle.
* Suspect Two: black male, 5’8″-5’10” in height, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and armed with an assault rifle.
* Suspect Three is unknown.

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.”

  • Karma

    Empty bag!

  • Anon

    Oh shit – that’s totally Tony from Accounting!

  • Gumball

    Idjits. Couldn’t wait for him to come OUT of the store could ya? All that planning. Ya got the masks and everything. HA!

  • madmonk28

    “Okay guys, let’s do an after action review. Next time maybe we should wait until he comes out of the business with a bag full of money. Lessons learned, it’s all part of the process.”

  • Really not terrible planning

    To everyone saying he should have waited to come out of the store, the high value cash business on that corner is a check cashing place. So really, it stands to reason that the armored truck would be bringing cash into that particular location vs something like a 7-11 or a fast food place where it would be leaving via armored car.

    • dat

      good point.

    • madmonk28

      Apparently not.

    • Truxton Thomas

      Makes sense. I wonder why it was empty.

      • Really not terrible planning

        Maybe they emptied it. Take the cash, dump the bag two blocks away, one less piece of evidence. I’m assuming the bag was locked, but if they took the time to plan car with temp tags (tags and/or car almost certainly stolen) and two people with AK-47’s, I’m guessing they took the time to have a suitable cutting tool to get into the bag quickly as well. Or, the armored car was going to a different business to make a pick up.

        • Gumball

          The empty bag detail wasn’t given by the victim?

          • CatieCat

            right, it sounds like that information is from the cash delivery guy…

    • CatieCat

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Really not terrible planning

        Good point haha

  • The car is a Dodge Avenger. Come on MPD.

    • Anonthony

      No kidding. You’d think the letters D O D G E across the trunk lid might’ve tipped them off.

  • jonah

    Interesting that they have temporary tags. Anecdotally we are seeing more cars involved with suspected drug dealing with those temp maryland tags, further south in Petworth. Asked MPD about it and they suggested it was nothing other than avoiding vehicle registration in DC.

    • stacksp

      Yep. Its a workaround the vehicle registration which requires a vehicle inspection that the cars would most undoubtedly fail. You drive the car with the temp tags (usually 90 days) as is and swap it out and get another one, rinse and repeat. Never fully having to register the vehicle, pay for tags etc….

      • Ben

        Ah the Steve Jobs approach when he would just buy a new car every 6 of months so he didn’t have to put tags on his car. I think California closed that loophole though…

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