The robbery happened just outside The Drake apartments at 1355 17th St. NW about 9:30 p.m. The building is about two blocks east of the Dupont Circle park.
The victim was smoking behind The Drake when a man approached him, flashing a knife, according to authorities. The man with the knife then ordered the victim to hand over his money.
The victim told the man he didn’t have any money, police said. The man with the knife then directed the victim to get cash and took the victim’s cell phone as collateral.
Soon after, the victim left and came back with $40, according to authorities. The man with the knife took the money and returned the victim’s phone before fleeing.
Authorities have not released a suspect description.
Police today also distributed two videos in an effort to find individuals wanted in a burglary at Duke’s Grocery in Dupont and a theft from a car in Columbia Heights.
The burglary at Duke’s (1513 17th St. NW) occurred the morning of Oct. 27. The theft happened on the 3400 block of 11th Street NW about 2:15 p.m. on Monday.
In the burglary footage, two men are seen climbing into Duke’s through a window. They then are joined by another man as they wander throughout the restaurant.
The theft video shows a man walking around and standing near a red pickup truck.
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Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.
Videos via the Metropolitan Police Department