Man Robbed at Gunpoint Near Howard During Online Meetup
A group of thieves robbed a man at gunpoint near Howard University over the weekend during a get-together the victim organized with one of the robbers he met on Instagram, police said.
The armed robbery happened on the 700 block of Fairmont Street NW about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The area is just west of Howard’s campus.
The person the victim intended to meet and three other individuals were waiting for him when he arrived, according to authorities. The victim then tried to escape into a house, but the four people followed him.
The four individuals soon after robbed him of his money, iPhone and clothes, while putting a handgun to his head. One of the thieves also held a baseball bat during the robbery.
The robbers eventually fled with the victim’s car.
Three people were arrested in connection with the robbery, police said. But their identities weren’t immediately clear.
According to authorities, other crimes reported in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday included:
- An assault in which a man hit another man with a glass bottle on the 1800 block of N Street NW about 1:15 a.m. Friday. Police haven’t released any suspect information.
- An assault in which a man with a knife in a wheelchair threatened to kill a woman on the 1100 block of 14th Street NW about 8:30 a.m. Friday. Police made an arrest in connection with the crime. But the identity of the individual arrested wasn’t immediately clear.
- A robbery with a gun on the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
Alert: Robbery at 0148 hrs 14th St NW/Columbia Rd, NW. LOF 3 B/Ms, 17-19 yrs old. //8063
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 6, 2016
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