Gun-Toting Thief Uses Note to Rob Deaf Man in Columbia Heights

by Andrew Ramonas September 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

1500 block of Columbia Road NW (Photo via Google Maps)A thief in Columbia Heights learned over the weekend that a gun isn’t necessarily enough to rob somebody who is unable to hear.

The gun-wielding robber had to use his cellphone to type a note with his demands when he encountered a deaf man on the 1500 block of Columbia Road NW about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

“Give me your bank [card] and money and your pin number,” the message said, according to authorities.

After reading the note, the victim handed over $20 and his debit card with its personal identification number. The thief then knocked the victim down and fled toward Adams Morgan.

Police haven’t released a description of the suspect.

A man also exposed himself to a woman and groped her in Dupont Circle this past weekend, according to authorities.

The incident happened on the 1700 block of 21st Street NW about 9 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was walking about a block north of the Phillips Collection when a man approached her while exposing himself, police said. He then fondled her and headed toward R Street NW.

Authorities described the suspect as:

Black male, in his mid-20’s to 30’s, between 5’6″ and 5’10” tall, and a thin build. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, long gold or yellow basketball shorts, and sneakers.

According to police, other crime in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday included a shooting, a stabbing and:

  • An attempted robbery with an assault on the 600 block of Florida Avenue NW in Shaw about 12:15 a.m. Saturday. A man was arrested in connection with the crime.
  • An attack with a whiskey glass at Johnny Pistolas Mexican Taqueria Bar (2333 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim was brought to a local hospital. A suspect was arrested.
  • A robbery with a gun on the 700 block of Kenyon Street NW in Park View about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Police haven’t released a detailed description of the suspect.

Photo via Google Maps


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