Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Armed Robberies in Southwest


Over the past two weeks, four armed robberies have been committed in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood according to The Washington Post. The latest incident occurred on Sunday night at 4th & M Street. All four armed robberies appear to be related - each occurred in the evening with 3-5 suspects against one victim. A map showing the location of each robbery is above. MPD made an arrest after the Sunday incident when one of the suspects, a juvenile, was apprehended when the police gave chase to the youth as he tried to run away on M towards South Capitol Street (which passes by First District HQ). In this case, the victim's items were recovered. The other suspects are still at large.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any armed robbery committed in the District of Columbia. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Update: A fifth armed robbery occurred on Thursday night.  The map has been updated with information from that incident.

17 comments:

Wizzyliz said...

A suspected robber runs by the First District HQ. Classic.

PostIt said...

Juvenile? Pshh. He'll get off with a few stern words and a "tsk tsk."

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

Let's see how quickly the city's juvie system screws this up. The'll probably forget all about his court date and return his gun and/or knife.

DC Food and Rent said...

Lots of cynicism here. Maybe justified, maybe not, but it's definitely there.

Jesus said...

There is cynicism because it is based on truth. What is also true is that these crimes will continue and even intensify during warm weather, as long as the public housing remains in place in this quadrant. Shut them down, give the decent working families who live there vouchers to move someplace safer, and displace the gang culture that rules over these projects and victimizes the decent people living in SW.

PostIt said...

Jesus -- I disagree. Displacing the issue is not the solution, it just leaves other communities to deal with the same problem. The approach should be to integrate public housing, or subsidized housing, into new development. We need to steer clear of public housing "complexes" that create large homogeneously poor communities, they fester and lead to crime. The alternative is an unpopular approach, but integrating -- not segregating -- those who need public housing assistance is the real solution (revamping the juvenile justice system notwithstanding). Workforce housing mandates (such as the one planned for the Waterfront/Wharf redevelopment) are a step in the right direction. We just need more of it.

Caity Rose said...

anyone know what times of the day these took place?
And is there any word of an increased police presence. I don't want to be endangered even walking home from the metro at night.

N. said...

The one on G St happened at 6:30pm on a Tuesday

SWill said...

If you click on the points on the map, there are some details about each robbery including the time of the incident.

sr said...

There was also a robbery on 11/17 at 1:30 pm in front of Waterfront Tower on M St. between 3rd and 4th.

Rado said...

I was one of the people who got robbed (the 4th of 6 it seems). Been living in DC for 5 years now and just moved to SW a couple months ago. This is the first time I’ve felt unsafe in the neighborhood and unfortunately it’s showing no signs of slowing down. I’m hoping that this is going to pass after this wave, but I have my doubts. I’m curious to hear what all of your experiences have been in SW regarding safety?

@sr Another robbery, in front of Waterfront Tower?! That’s ridiculous wtf…Are you sure? Was it reported to the police?

@CaityRose I definitely agree that we need an increased police presence in SW. This is a spree and needs to be shut down quickly for all residents’ safety. A sustained increase in police would be great, but at the very least there HAS to be a temporary one to stop this string of incidents.

@Postit completely agreed on all points. Incubating poverty aint the answer.

@Jesus based on talks I’ve had with cops and local security guards, it sounds like these types of crimes actually get an uptick during the winter, when nights get longer and start much, much earlier (get out of work at 5pm and you will still have to walk home in the dark). Add in that holidays are when everybody wants to buy stuff, and the fact that cold weather slows down pedestrians and makes them less focused on their surroundings and you get bad results.

@Wizzyliz from the article, I think it says they actually caught the guy who ran past the HQ. I would hope that this would deter future robbers or lead to their arrest, but apparently that’s not happening.

All SWers—Is this type of thing normal or abnormal or what?? How often does this occur?

runwaysmack said...

Seeing how one of the suspects actually ran towards the First District HQ Station, my guess is that these criminals are Marion's miscreants from the other side of the river.

sr said...

@Rado - Yes. I live at Waterfront Tower and received a note from management re the robbery as a resident of the building was a victim. It was reported to the police. I've lived in this neighborhood for about a year and would not say this is normal. I've seen rowdy kids etc. but never really felt unsafe.

runwaysmack said...

I agree with SR above. I've lived in the area for about two years and this definitely has not been the norm. I'm fairly cautious, but have felt safe walking in and out late at all times of the year.

Regarding the public housing, I've noticed a stark difference between those who live here in SW and those across the river. Based on observation alone, those here in SW appear to be hardworking and eager to avoid fostering any adverse activity which would cause them to lose the privilege of the location. While I'm not going to splice socio-economics and root-cause factors, as a small example I'm encouraged to see the common sight of young-men holding the hands of small children and walking them to school in the morning. In that sense, I don't mind the public housing here as long as it isn't blight and results in positive changes for those who it is meant to help.

I hypothesize that it's the element from further down the Green Line that comes into our community and causes these problems.

Caity Rose said...

I would not say this is normal. I've lived here almost three years. I've always walked home briskly but never felt in danger. Even when the old safeway was here. It's really disappointing, and I don't know how to protect myself from becoming a victim. It's not like I can avoid going out after 1;30 pm or even after 6.

Has someone been in contact with the police to find out what they are doing about it? Are they giving any information to residents about what we can do to protect ourself. Is pepper spray legal in DC?

N. said...

I agree with others in that this is not normal. I've lived here for 3 1/2 years and never felt unsafe. That said, I do remember occasional crimes occurring now and then at "scary" times (i.e. 6:30pm when you can't avoid being outside). I think most of those were one-off events, though, not a continued spree. I don't know if they've stepped up the police presence officially, but I have seen a cop car go through our complex a bit more in the past couple of weeks.

As far as the public housing in SW, while I agree with those who say that a more integrated approach is better, I haven't had any issues with the people living there. In fact, the few times I or my roommate did have a slight problem, it was obvious that the people involved did not live in the neighborhood.

Stacey said...

While I agree that there is a distinct difference between public housing communities in our community and those across the river, I think it is premature to determine that the culprits are from outside the community.

Looking that the map and the descriptions of the crimes, it seems obvious to me that these miscreants are probably from the neighborhood. They are striking within running distance of their homes or some kind of safe harbor that they run back to after each incident. Someone from outside the neighborhood wouldn't have any reason to cast such a narrow net.