The boy, who is in his early teens, was walking on R Street NW around 5:30 p.m. when one of the suspects approached him. The boy said, “Excuse me,” and then the suspect tackled him and attempted to rob him, police said.
The three other suspects then joined the attacker when the victim fled toward Logan Circle, authorities said.
The group caught up with the boy on the 1300 block of P Street NW. They then circled him, emptied his pockets and stole his property, police said.
Officers patrolled the area, found all four suspects and arrested them in connection with the robbery.