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Dating Website Meet-Up in Dupont Hotel Ends in Violent Robbery

by Andrew Ramonas December 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm 1 Comment

Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel (Photo via Google Maps)A man looking to meet someone for a date at a Dupont hotel was beaten and robbed instead this weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened in the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel at 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The man was entering the hotel room of a person he met through a dating website when three people ambushed him, according to authorities. The three individuals then hit the victim in the face before one of them grabbed his wallet with $260.

The victim was brought to a hospital for treatment.

Police arrested three people wanted in the robbery. The identities of the suspects weren’t immediately clear.

The crime was one of at least a dozen attempted or completed robberies in the Borderstan coverage area between Friday afternoon and Sunday night. According to authorities, the crimes (with suspect descriptions when available) included:

  • A robbery on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW about 5:15 p.m. Friday.
  • An attempted robbery with an assault on the 900 block of U Street NW about 5:45 p.m. Friday.
  • A robbery on the 1300 block of Florida Avenue NW about 7:15 p.m. Friday.
  • A robbery on the 500 block of Lamont Street NW about 8 p.m. Friday.
  • A robbery on the 1300 block of Vermont Avenue NW about 2 a.m. Saturday.
  • An armed robbery at the Dollar Plus at 1541 7th St. NW about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. A man with a gun also robbed the convenience store last month.

  • A robbery on the 1300 block of Green Court NW about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

  • A robbery on the 700 block of Lamont Street about 12:15 a.m. Sunday.
  • A robbery on the 1700 block of Lanier Place NW about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Robbery at 0144 hrs in the 1700 block of Lanier Place, NW Lookout for B/M, 5’9″, slim build, dark color clothing.

  • A robbery on the 1300 block of 15th Street NW about 7:15 a.m. Sunday.
  • An attempted robbery on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police today also released videos of individuals wanted in a Nov. 24 armed robbery and Dec. 1 burglary on the 3000 block of 13th Street NW and a Nov. 26 burglary on the 2000 block of 18th Street NW.

Photo via Google Maps, videos via the Metropolitan Police Department

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