The violent robbery occurred on the 900 block of W Street NW about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
The woman was standing in the area when the man approached her, without saying anything, according to authorities. He then punched her repeatedly in the face, knocking her to the ground
The man continued to hit her soon after her fall and took her money, iPhone and other belongings before fleeing.
— DuplexDiner (@duplexdiner) May 11, 2016
At least four drag queens are set to battle one another in simulated song in Adams Morgan tomorrow.
Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW) is set to host the “Queens for a Cure Lip Sync Battle” tomorrow night at 9 p.m. During the event, Jalah Nicole, Shaunda Leer, Desiree dik and Goldie DuCraix will perform two songs each as they battle for lip sync supremacy.
“Which queen will reign supreme?” reads a Facebook post for the competition. “Come and witness for yourselves. Your Friday evening will ‘rule!'”
The event will also feature drink specials and music until midnight.
Though there’s a $10 donation at the door, all proceeds from this event go toward The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to organzier Vanessa McDonald.
The Eritrean Cultural and Civic Center has a new outpost in Dupont Circle, but it’s for members only.
Members of the center recently draped the Eritrean flag and emblazoned the center’s logo over the entrance at 1214 18th St. NW. Though the club’s proprietors originally planned to sell food and alcohol to the public, that’s no longer the case, said center representative Jeff Jackson.
“It’s only a temporary space,” Jackson explained. “They didn’t think it would make sense to apply for a license for a temporary space.”
He added that the club will only occupy the Dupont location while its members prepare to open the center’s new permanent home at 2154 24th Place NE in July.
The center originally opened at 600 L St. NW in 1989, according to Atlas Obscura.
Authorities said the crime occurred on the 2400 block of 18th Street NW at about 3 a.m. this morning.
The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital for treatment, authorities said. Police did not say whether his wounds were life threatening.
One man was arrested after the crime occurred. Authorities have did not provide that man’s name.
This story will be updated as more details are known.
A Vietnamese restaurant near the northern edge of Dupont is apparently closed for renovations.
A sign on the front door of Mimosa Restaurant (1915 18th St. NW) says the business is closed for a “remodel.” It was immediately unclear when the business would reopen, and phone calls to the business went unanswered last night and earlier this morning.
It may soon be possible to sample authentic Eritrean cuisine in Dupont Circle.
The purveyors of the Eritrean Cultural and Civic Center, a meeting place and public restaurant near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, have plans to move their operations to 1214 18th Street NW, according to center representative Jeff Jackson.
An Adams Morgan building is set to open this weekend to visitors who can pay to escape its “Cat Kingdom” and prison once they are inside.
Omescape is slated to begin operations at 2406 18th St. NW on Saturday, bringing a real-life puzzle experience in which people must try to break out of rooms, according to a banner outside of its building. The business, which will be the first of its kind in Adams Morgan, will occupy the second and third floors of the building, which was the former home of NYNY Diva.
For $35, Omescape customers can register online to escape the Cat Kingdom, “Saint Temple Prison” or another space called, “Room Ω.”
In the Cat Kingdom, visitors must compete in a tournament to “select the wisest cat in the kingdom” after they accidentally arrived for the competition, according to Omescape’s website.
As for the prison, Omescape customers must get out of a “cramped cell” where “The Night Stalker” died, the company’s website says.
And in Room Ω, visitors have to find out how a professor studying time travel disappeared from the space.
“Omescape has a perfect combination of puzzles, up-to-date electronic technology, mechanical movement, decoration, and service,” according to Omescape’s website. “No wonder Omescape has been the most successful ‘room escape game’ provider in Asia and the only international brand in Chinese Room Escape Industry.”
Photo of Omescape room via Facebook/OmescapeDC
A new gluten-free eatery is set to open in Dupont Circle next month.
A sign advertising the new lunch spot was installed yesterday. Construction crews were observed earlier this morning installing equipment and preparing the space for its scheduled opening next month.
The Little Beet is a gluten-free restaurant based in New York City. A jaunt through the eatery’s menu reveals salads, bowls filled with grains and simple proteins and juice mostly priced under $10.
Residents can now step inside an adult boutique centered around sex positivity that opened in Adams Morgan last week.
Lotus Blooms, located 2408 18th St. NW, sells lingerie, adult accessories and educational books.
Store manager and education coordinator Teal Dye said despite the rainy weather last week, many residents braved the elements to see the new store.
“We weren’t exactly sure what it would be like here, but the neighborhood has been so welcoming,” Dye said. She added that customers were curious, mostly of the store’s “sex-positive” theme.
“The term means something a little different to everyone,” Dye said. “We’re here to be open and inclusive by helping people learn about sex positivity as it applies to them.”
In addition to being salespeople, Lotus Blooms employees are also sex educators trained to answer questions about anatomy and cultural norms.
“We were founded to create a safe space for people to learn,” Dye said. “It’s our hope to be a resource for safety and to share stories so we can discover what sex positivity means to people in D.C.”
An Alexandria-based adult boutique founded on sex positivity is slated open a location in Adams Morgan tomorrow.
Lotus Blooms will open its doors tomorrow at 2408 18th Street NW, said marketing director Rebecca Proch.
Proch said that the opening, which was first teased in May, has been delayed by permitting issues. But she added that the store received its final approval yesterday and will be ready for shoppers during a soft opening tomorrow morning.
Lotus Blooms, based in Alexandria, sells adult accessories and apparel and hosts sex-themed education events.
Photo via Facebook.com/Lotus.BloomsVA
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs near Dupont Circle next month.
Workers will perform the work “on or around” Oct. 5 at the intersection of 18th Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.
Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.
DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.
Officers stopped two men for driving a vehicle without seat belts near the 2300 block of 18th Street NW around 11:25 p.m. last night. After one of the men stepped out of the car, officers spotted a .177 caliber BB gun, described by police as a “realistic looking Walther replica pistol,” in the pocket of the car door.
Assistant District Cmdr. Ralph McLean alerted the Third District listserv of the recovery early this morning.
“The subject, an adult male from Bowie, Maryland, was subsequently placed under arrest for possession of the BB Gun,” wrote McLean. “Additionally, both he and the driver were charged additionally with possession of an open container of alcohol. Both suspects were processed at the Third District and remain in custody as of this writing.”
Police identified the two men arrested during the traffic stop as Christopher White and Anthony Williams.
Information on suspects’ lawyers was not immediately available.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District met with Adams Morgan residents last night to discuss the shooting that left a man critically injured on 18th Street NW roughly two weeks ago.
Lt. Michael Whiteside told attendees at ANC 1C’s monthly meeting that the victim, who was brutally shot in the head in front of Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th Street NW) on Aug. 29, survived the attack.
No arrests have been made in the case, say police, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Whiteside said that, despite having 25 officers within 10-15 feet of the shooting, none of them actually saw the crime occur.
“There were a bunch of us walking and jogging up the street because we could see a crowd and it appeared they were going to fight,” Whiteside explained. “It was just so crowded, we absolutely didn’t see it.”
Whiteside added that a changing social climate could be to blame for such public and violent crimes.
“My opinion is society has changed a bit,” Whiteside said. “It’s concerning to me that someone would shoot somebody with so many officers around. Who does that?”
Residents, commissioners and police then agreed that crime has been on the rise in Adams Morgan, particularly robberies.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Carroll, who took command of the Third District from former commander Jacob Kishter on Sunday, outlined his plans to combat such crimes in the future.
“We have crime suppression teams and overtime officers who will be focused in areas where robberies have increased in the past few weeks,” Carroll said.
“My personal feeling is once we address this robbery uptick and bring things back into line, we’ll be able to implement programs and policies to make sure this doesn’t turn from a blip in the screen to a long-term issue,” he added.
The ANC’s commissioners thanked police for their work and efforts, recalling that Adams Morgan is in a better place now than it was a decade ago.
Whiteside responded by emphasizing how community involvement can help police build on these improvements.
“If you see something, call 911 and give me a good look at the situation,” he said. “Be very specific and give me something to work with. The more information you give us, the better and easier it is for us.”
A new escape-the-room business is set to open this fall in Adams Morgan.
Omescape Room Escape DC, a real-life puzzle experience similar to Escape Room Live DC, will open at 2406 18th St NW “in the next two or three months,” said co-owner Lana Jin today.
According to a description on its Facebook page, Omescape Room DC is an attraction where “a group of players are physically trapped in a room for an hour, and they need to escape by exploiting their surroundings.” The real-life puzzle will occupy the second and third floors of the space, Jin said.
This will be the first such business in Adams Morgan, Jin added.
“[The neighborhood] is full of young people,” she said. “There are so many restaurants around. There’s a nightlife there. It’s quite crowded.”
Photos via Facebook / OmescapeDC