Home security video from an adjacent neighbor shows three juveniles enter a rear yard. Used with permission
Three juveniles were arrested Sunday night for two violent robberies committed using a stolen vehicle. The evening pursuit involved a helicopter and at least nine officers.
The suspects were captured near 18th Place and D Street NE within an hour after the first of two crimes committed in Northeast.
The first victim was walking on E Street NE between the 500 and 700 block around 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 when a silver car pulled up next to him. He told officers that two juveniles got out of the rear seats and demanded all his belongings. The victim complied, pulling out his phone and his wallet.
The two suspects took his phone and got back in the car; it started to pull away when the youths evidently realized they had not taken the victim’s wallet. The car reversed back and someone got out and took the wallet. Then the vehicle fled westbound on E Street NE.
A few minutes later, a man was walking his dog on the 1500 block of A Street NE when a vehicle cut him off. According to the report, three youth got out of the car and demanded “everything on [his] person.” One took the victim’s iPhone and demanded the passcode while another went into his pockets, then took the Apple Watch from the victim’s right arm.
That was when the suspects demanded the iPhone passcode again. The first suspect reached towards his bag, and, according to the police report, said “I will shit you [sic], I will shoot you.”
When the victim still did not disclose his passcode, another suspect threw the iPhone at the victim’s head, causing swelling and bleeding, before they fled.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers pursued the three juvenile suspects by foot and helicopter. They were arrested shortly after 8:45 p.m. in a backyard on the 300 block of 18th Place NE. The three were charged with armed robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful entry and receiving stolen property.
If you have any information about these incidents, call police at (202) 727-9099. You can text anonymous tips, photos or video to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411.
MPD currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.
The Hill Rag covers violent crime in the Hill and vicinity. Information is drawn from MPD press representatives and witness statements.