The attempted robbery happened outside the DC USA retail development at 3100 14th St. NW about 2:15 p.m. Monday.
The victims were near DC USA when four people surrounded them, police said. The four individuals then showed a knife and ordered the victims to hand over all of their belongings.
Instead, the victims fled and contacted police.
Carlos Perez and Miguel Saravia-Torres, both 18, along with two juveniles who are 17 and 15, were apprehended in connection with the robbery attempt.
Information on their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the attempted robbery was connected to a gang-related assault at the nearby Chipotle Mexican Grill last weekend.