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Multiple Snatch-and-Grab Robberies Over Weekend on Hill

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officers are investigating several snatch-and-grab robberies that took place over the weekend. In no case was violence or a threat of violence a part of the incident. All involve two or more youth judged to be in their mid-teens who grabbed items from victims and ran.

Police are looking for six to seven juveniles in relation to a snatch-and-grab robbery that happened Sunday night at around 9:15 p.m.

A man was getting out of his car near 19th Street and East Capitol Streets NE when he noticed a group of six or seven young people. The man crossed the street, carrying his grocery bag and suit jacket.

One of the young people ran up to him, grabbed the bag and jacket, and fled with the group.

The man was not injured.

Two Phone Snatches Sunday Evening

On Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m., on the 1400 block of C St. NE, a victim was standing at a bus stop with her phone in her hand when two youth on bicycles rode up to the stop. One of them snatched the phone from her hand, and the two then rode away. A lookout was issued for two black males, aged about 14 to 17 years old, one wearing a white tank top and the other a grey shirt.

About two hours later, at about 6:30 p.m., at Fourth and I (Eye) Streets SW, a victim was sitting on a bench with her phone in her hand. A youth ran up and snatched the phone, and then ran away. The phone was recovered a few blocks away by canvassing officers. A lookout was for a black male, around 14 years old, dark complexion, with long curly hair, wearing grey sweatshirt and black pants.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411.

In Other News

At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a woman was arrested on the 1300 block of H Street NE on charges of [Simple] Assault on a Police Officer.

At 8:48 p.m. Saturday, a man was arrested on the 1300 block of Half Street SW on charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.


At 1:15 a.m. Sunday, a man was arrested on the 1100 block of H Street NE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a man was arrested on the 1025 block of 13th Street SE and charged with Simple Assault.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on September 29th and 30th, 2019 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

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