There were two alarming incidents in the area of Marion Park Tuesday evening. At approximately 6:10 p.m. just south of the park, near the intersection of Fifth and G Streets SE, a woman was approached by five boys. One grabbed her purse from her hands, and dumped the contents on the ground. He took a rose-gold color iPhone 8 and a Tiffany blue wallet and ran.
The primary suspect is described as a black male, approximately 15 years old, 5’3” 5’5”, with a thin build and short hair.
A few minutes later, on the 500 block of Fourth St SE, another person observed several juvenile males jumping on the hood of a vehicle. The woman stopped her vehicle to confront the juveniles, at which point someone hit her in the face and took her car.
The vehicle is described as a turquoise or teal Subaru Impreza with DC Tags, last seen fleeing southbound on Fourth St SE. Lookout is for a black male with a light complexion and thin build, short hairstyle who was wearing a hoodie with an orange logo.
Residents in the area described seeing significant police activity, including Fire and EMS and a helicopter.
The incident comes amid a series of discussions on crime and justice on the Hill, particularly as they relate to juveniles. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, a working group of the First District Citizens’ Advisory Council (1D CAC) will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss concerns expressed about assaults, juveniles and juvenile prosecution. That meeting takes place at Payne Elementary (1445 C St. SE). The following week, there will be a panel discussion on DC justice at the Harold J. Gordon Building. That discussion takes place 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.
These discussions come up in the wake of a report released Tuesday by a District Task force that made 17 recommendations about the criminal justice and the DC Jail.
Police are investigating the two incidents that took place Tuesday evening. Should anyone have additional information or video that might be related, please contact the First District Detectives office at (202) 299-2025, or the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099. You can also anonymously text tips, video or photos to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411.