Drug Buy Gone Wrong Ends With Armed Carjacking in Shaw

by Andrew Ramonas November 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

Police car lightA man looking to buy drugs in Shaw was robbed of his car and other belongings at gunpoint over the weekend, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1300 block of 8th Street NW about 8 p.m. Saturday. The area is between the City Market at O and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The victim drove his Toyota Camry to a parking lot in the vicinity to meet a drug dealer, according to authorities. Once parked, someone got into the car and pulled out a revolver. The person with the gun then told the driver to “give that shit up,” referring to the car and some of the victim’s belongings.

The driver gave the person a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, $350 in cash and some clothing before getting out of the vehicle, police said. The robber then took off with the car, abandoning it about five blocks away near 4th and N streets NW.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspect.

A man robbed another man at knifepoint on the U Street corridor early yesterday morning, too.

The robbery occurred on the 1200 block of U Street NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

The two men were walking in the alley next to Ben’s Chili Bowl when one of them said he wanted to smoke marijuana, according to authorities.

It wasn’t clear from a police report who wanted to smoke the weed. What was clear, however, is that one of the men flashed a knife after the marijuana discussion and ordered the other man to “give me what you got,” police said.

The victim then handed over his iPhone and wallet to the knife-wielding man, who fled.

Police later arrested the suspect in the robbery and recovered the victim’s stolen belongings. The identity of the suspect wasn’t immediately clear.

A man also was punched in the face in an attempted robbery near 14th and U streets NW early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

The attempted robbery happened on the 2000 block of 14th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was in the vicinity when a group of four people approached him, police said. Members of the group then asked the victim where he went to party and if he wanted to “have fun,” according to authorities.

Soon after, one of the individuals in the group punched the victim in the face and ordered him to give up his “stuff,” police said. The attacker and the three other people with the assailant then saw a police car nearby and fled without any of the victim’s belongings.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspects.

More details on other crimes in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday are here.


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