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Man Recounts Armed Robbery in Columbia Heights

by Tim Regan July 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm 2 Comments

1400 block of Meridian Place NWA man was robbed at gunpoint near the 1400 block of Meridian Place NW over the weekend, say D.C. Police.

Now, that man has come forward semi-anonymously to tell his side of the story.

The man, who goes by the handle First4Metallicalbums on Reddit, said in a private message exchange with Borderstan he was robbed by three men around 10 p.m. on Saturday.

This is his firsthand account of the crime:

“I walked outside my apartment, looking for my friend to arrive,” he says. “I am on the lookout for her on the street, and three people rushed me from the alleyway next to the apartment. It was very quiet and they didn’t make any [noise].”

The three people that rushed him were “skinny, probably around 5’7”,” he estimates. “[They looked] around 20 years old, wearing dark clothes, one of them probably had a bright orange shirt on.”

One of the men, says First4Metallicalbums, flashed a gun and pointed it in his direction.

“One is pointing a long [barreled] gun in front of me, saying to give him what I got,” he recalls. “The other two went through my pockets from behind [and] took everything I have, which wasn’t much. Just keys and phone. They both took off running in the alley, toward 14th Street.”

First4Metallicalbums says the entire robbery took just 30 seconds.

“Lesson here is that it can happen anywhere, anytime, and sometimes there is nothing you can do,” he said later in a post to the /r/WashingtonDC subreddit. “[I] wasn’t expecting it outside of my apartment. … Hopefully you won’t have to deal with this.”

Police say they have not made any arrests related to the crime.

  • Rob

    I got notifications from Alert DC about 3 gun robberies early Sunday with similar sounding suspects – 12:47am @ 24 & Kalorama, 12:55am @ 24 & Tracy Pl, and 1:35am @ 16 & P. I guess they were on a spree. I searched on Sunday for reporting on the incidents but didn’t find anything.

  • Eltoroverde

    This is completely anecdotal but it feels like there has been a considerable increase in these kinds of crimes (gun robbery) in this and similar areas of DC this summer. It’s starting to feel like the “inmates are taking over the asylum” as the saying goes. The criminality seems to have gotten more brazen and possibly more violent and that’s based on my own personal experience. What’s going on? Have DC police pulled back on policing because of everything that’s happened with Ferguson, Baltimore, etc? All I know is that I didn’t use to feel unsafe in these neighborhoods but I do now and actively avoid them if/when I can.


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