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Would-Be Thief’s Friends Talk Man Out of Armed Robbery by U St.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment

900 block of T Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man’s friends had some advice for him when he threatened to shoot someone who police said he hoped to rob near the U Street corridor over the weekend: Don’t do it.

The attempted robbery occurred on the 900 block of T Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The victim was about a block south of the east entrance to the U Street Metro station when the man appeared, police said.

“Give me everything in your pockets or I will shoot you,” the man said, according to authorities. “I have a gun.”

The man then started to grab his waistband in an apparent attempt to show he had a gun. His friends soon after told him “to not do that,” police said.

The victim eventually told the man he wasn’t going to give him anything, and the man fled without pulling out a gun.

Police released this tweet with suspect information after the crime:

Two thieves last night also beat and robbed a man on the same block as the attempted robbery, police said.

The violent robbery happened about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was walking in an alley in the area when two men tackled him and punched him in the head and shoulders, according to authorities.

The attackers soon after asked the victim to hand over his cellphone and wallet. The victim eventually gave them his iPhone and wallet.

The robbers then fled, leaving the victim’s cash-less wallet behind.

Police described the suspects as:

2 Black/Males, 1 wearing a Blue track jacket, 1 wearing a White track jacket

A group of thieves beat and robbed a man in Columbia Heights after he thought he was going to meet a prostitute, too, according to authorities.

The violent robbery occurred on the 1400 block of Perry Place NW about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Someone offered to get the prostitute for the victim, who was drunk, police said. The victim then followed the person into an alley.

The victim’s new acquaintance and two other people punched and kicked him soon after. The attackers eventually took his wallet before fleeing.

Authorities haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

Comments (1)

  1. It seems rather likely to me that the attacker had no gun to begin with and his friends were in on the ruse in an attempt to scare the victim into giving up his property. I tip my hat to the victim for seeing it for what it was and refusing to comply.

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