Two Friday-Night Robberies Near 17th Street Corridor

by Borderstan.com February 1, 2010 at 8:00 am 1,228 12 Comments

There were two robberies early Friday night near the normally busy 17th Street business corridor that stretches from P to R Streets (full details from MPD 2nd District below).

Both robberies were committed by as many as four young men. No word yet from Police Service Area (PSA) 208 on whether they believe the two robberies were committed by the same group of suspects.

The first robbery, committed with a gun, occurred at 17th and Willard NW around 8 p.m. The second robbery was on the 1600 block of R Street around 9:45 p.m.

There have been other robberies or assaults or or near the 17th Street strip of restaurants and clubs in the past year. The crimes have occurred at various times and a number of them have been on the 1600 blocks of lettered streets leading to 17th Street. (List below the fold.)

Friday Night Robberies

  • Friday, January 29, 8 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1900 block of 17th Street NW (at Willard Street). “An armed robbery occurred tonight in the 1900 block of 17th Street NW, at approximately 8:00 pm. The case is still being investigated as of this posting. The lookout involved several black males who were last seen operating a silver Lexus with temporary tags and armed with a handgun. The jurisdiction of the tags was unknown. Additional information will be posted.”
  • Friday, January 29, 9:45 p.m., Robbery-Force and Violence, 1600 block of R Street NW. “A Robbery Force and Violence offense occurred in the 1600 block of R St., N.W. (PSA 208) and was subsequently reported to the MPD. The victim reported that while walking in the area he was approached by four suspects. One of the suspects punched him on the left side of his face. One suspect then told the victim to give them everything in his pocket. The victim complied and gave the suspect his wallet. All suspects then ran north on 17th Street. The suspect(s) lookout is for four black males, nothing further.”

Earlier Crimes in the Area

  • January 22, 12:33 p.m., Robbery, 1700 block of 17th Street NW-Sidewalk.
  • January 7, Robbery: Assault with Intent, 17th and P Streets NW.
  • November 8, 2009, 11:45 p.m., Robbery with Gun, 1600 block R Street NW.
  • September 12, 2009, 6:30 a.m. Robbery with Gun, 1600 block of Q Street, N.W.
  • September 6, 2009, 11:30 a.m. Robbery/Force & Violence, 1700 block of Church Street N.W.
  • September 6, 11:31 p.m. Robbery with Gun. 1600-block of Swann Street NW. Suspect was on a bicycle.
  • August 24, 2009, 5 a.m. Robbery-Force & Violence in the 1700-block of 17th Street N.W. (17th & R).
  • August 25, 7:21 p.m. Robbery-Pocketbook Snatch in the 1600-block of S Street NW.
  • July 20, 2009, 1:18 a.m. Robbery Force & Violence, 17th and Corcoran Streets.

  • Liz

    Yes, start walkin’ off those doughnuts and do your jobs!

  • Bob in DC

    Am I the only one in the area who seems to see a whole bunch of DC police officers hanging out in front of the 7-11 on 17th Street talking away for what seems like extended amounts of time?

    Do we have foot patrols on 17th Street? Is this what these officers are supposed to do? Or are they just on break? Either way, it looks bad, especially when we have these types of crimes.

  • DC Deac

    I have not noticed nearly as many police cars around 15th and R lately — what gives??

  • Jessica

    WTF anyone sense a pattern here?
    These thugs KNOW nothing will happen to them. No cops around, no one will follow up.


    Hang up your f’n cell phones and do the job you’re paid to do. Or get fired. There should be pay for performance not just for teachers – for cops, too. Crime goes down where your patrol is? Bonus. Crime goes up multiple monthly periods? You get time off taken away from you.

  • Tony

    Very rarely if ever have I seen any police foot patrols in the area….. the crime and assaults must stop we need to have a much more visible and active police presence in this area.

  • Anonymous on 17th

    Why do the police get to double park their cars and hang out during breaks (I’m assuming it is their break time, if not, then it is truly ridiculous) blocking lanes of traffic. Sometimes they do it when there are available parking spaces or even illegal spaces where they could move their cars out of the way. This is especially important now that there will be so much street construction during the next year.

    These types of things are certainly better than they used to be, in general, but we continue to have armed robberies throughout the neighborhood at all hours. So, I don’t see why so many are off at the same time drinking coffee and not doing foot patrols around the neighborhood looking for armed robbers like the ones that plagued the neighborhood Friday evening.

  • Avi

    The family and I were out and about in Columbia Heights on Saturday afternoon. I was shocked at a Police car sitting in front of the entrance the Target/Best Buy not only unoccupied, but completely covered in snow…now just covered in snow because it was snowing heavy, but totally covered in snow because it had not moved or been occupied at all that day. And the cops…nowhere to be found; not even at Five Guys.

  • Jason

    Why is everyone blaming cops?? Maybe they’re at the 7-11 because they’re on break….pretty sure no one here works 8 or 12 hours straight. I’m not some crazy pro-cop troll looking to complain, but if a crime happens to you, you sure as hell will call 911 and they sure as hell will come to the scene of the accident.

    Of course there is going to be more crime by 16th and R (where I live)…those dumb housing projects have been there. No one is stupid. I walk around with my iPhone all the time and luckily nothing has happened to me as of this writing, but let’s just say I wouldn’t walk head-front into a group of 4 black males.

  • Ben

    I think it is a very bad sign if some thugs feel safe enough to commit an armed robbery 1/2 block away from the police station at the corner of 17th and U… I’d agree with a lot of the comments here: MPD needs to be less concerned about their privileges (claim 1/2 of the available parking spots in the area, double parking, etc.) and more concerned about showing presence in our neighborhood.

  • Jessica

    there’s a difference between blaming cops and discussing what we see…which is too many cops on break at the same time, on their cell phones while driving, and NOT on foot patrols.

    The problem isn’t the crime, it’s the brazenness of them – busy times in relatively high traffic areas. If there were foot patrols, it might give the criminals pause.

  • Jason

    Police precense is not a panacea for crime, dontcha know. Just look at COlumbia Heights where people are gunned down and murdered with cops on the SAME block!

    Asking for constant foot patrols and this that and the other is an unreasonable stress on police manpower. Criminals would just see police get to the end of the block and turn the corner, then a robbery would occur and the assailant would tun the opposite direction. Ideas like “FOOT PATROLS NOW” have too much of an activist tinge for me, and it’s not based in reality.

  • Fatboy

    I rarely (if ever?) see an officer on foot patrol. That’s the problem. Cruising by in a police car is not nearly as effective as a boots on the ground approach. Seems to me that this problem could be easily solved by assigning officers to foot patrol…but that’s not nearly as much fun as racing around town in a cruiser with the lights on and sirens blaring. Sheesh…DO YOUR JOB & WALK THE STREETS!!


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