The following message is from Commander Matt Klein, head of the MPD’s Second District. Klein explains measures he has put in place in response to several armed robberies that occurred recently in Borderstan.
Police Service Area (PSA) 208 is part of 2D and covers the Dupont Circle area, including western Borderstan. The armed robbery at 14th & P NW occurred in PSA 307, which covers primarily the Logan Circle area including eastern Borderstan.
From Commander Klein:
Over the past 30 days, PSA 208 has experienced an increase in street-level robberies. Many of those robberies occurred in areas that are heavily traveled by local residents and visitors.
Specifically, there have been 19 robberies in the past 30 days compared with 13 in the same 30 days last year. Of those 19 robberies, 2 involved handguns and in 17 the suspect was unarmed.
I have taken action to combat this upswing in robberies by increasing the amount of officers working in uniform as well as plain-clothes in the area. I have also deployed other crime countermeasures to the neighborhood, such as the portable light tower that is placed in a different location each night.
The increased presence has yielded several arrests, including two this week involving the robberies on 16th Street–units responded quickly and were able to apprehend the suspects as they were fleeing the area.
Members of PSA 208 will continue to provide the highest level of police service and ensure that officers are visible and proactive.
I urge anyone observing any suspicious activity to call 911. Please feel free to contact me, or any members of the PSA 208 leadership team with any questions or concerns: