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Gun Robbery: 8:51 PM, 14th & W Streets

by Borderstan.com — September 23, 2009 at 5:10 am 4 Comments

Got this Police Alert last night. There was a robbery-with-gun at 8:51 p.m. at 14th and W Streets NW… a strip with an awfully lot of new condos and restaurants.

It is the number of guns being used in robberies lately that alarms me. Sure, any robbery can result in someone being badly hurt (or killed), but guns add another level of danger. Then there is the time this robbery occurred. This was not the middle of the night. In our area, 8:51 p.m. is prime time for people coming and going to restaurants, grocery stores, the gym, etc.

Would visible foot patrols on 14th and U Streets help… especially in the evening hours? I don’t know, but I have to ask. If you live in that area, what do you think?

Robbery Gun at 14Th W St. NW. 2051hrs. LOF-S1. B/M. 6′. WHITE SHIRT. ARMED WITH DARK HAND GUN, S2. B/M. 5’8″. DREADS. UNKNOWN CLOTHING , S3. WHT HAT. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090529409

Comments (4)

  1. That would require the D.C. police to get off their cellphones, stop surfing the web in their idiling air conditioned cars, and actually get out of their cars other than for illegally parking in front of a fast food joint. Hardly likely! You think the union would allow that?

    The flood lights and the cost to have a cop sitting in the car next to the light is a complete joke.

  2. I’m going to withhold all obvious jokes about the ineffectiveness of MPD generally because the disproportionately high crime rate in the 1,500 foot radius of 14th and U compared with the rest of the Third District boggles the mind. Crime rates in the Third District and the PSAs are going down by double digits, but a closer look at the statistics show that the decrease in crime is coming from other parts of the relevant areas. Within that 1,500 foot circle that surrounds 14th and U, most categories of crime have increased by 15-19 percent over the last 30-60 days. MPD needs to follow the lead of the NYPD’s Operation Impact: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/27/nyregion/27cnd-crime.html?pagewanted=all, and stop pussyfooting around with similar sounding programs that are much less effective, like Operation Full Stride: http://dcist.com/2007/10/mpds_operation.php. The only thing that’s going to deter these kinds of street crimes is a substantial increase in the numbers of cops walking the streets on a regular basis. Otherwise, we’re going to see a lot more of the same in the coming months.

  3. For the past couple of nights I have called the police because of drug activity/loitering/loud music being played from a car on Belmont (near U Street and 14th) and both times the police never showed up. How many patrols are on call in the evening and night in our PSA that we are having these problems?

  4. I live just south of U and 13 and can’t remember the last time I saw a cop walking on the street. The place is thick with people, and police cruisers, and now is seems increasingly with thugs.
    Don’t want to sound alarmist, but this area has become a hot spot for crime, and the criminals are growing bolder and more dangerous/vicious.
    Can’t say whether cops on the street would definitely lower the crime rate, but what MPD is doing now sure as heck is not working.

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