The violent robbery happened on the 2600 block of 15th Street NW about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The area is just north of Meridian Hill Park.
The victims were walking in the vicinity when three men approached them, according to authorities. The trio quickly surrounded the victims and ordered them to give up their wallets, cellphones and other belongings.
The stabbing, which authorities said may have been gang-related, occurred near 16th and Euclid streets NW about 3:50 p.m. The area is just west of Meridian Hill Park.
The 18-year-old victim also sustained a head wound during the attack and was conscious when he was taken to the hospital, according to the police report.
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When we visited Meridian Hill Park over the weekend, we heard about the use of an air mattress as a sled and witnessed a beer sign take a man down a set of stairs.
But those unlikely toboggans lacked special modifications to help their riders descend the park’s inclines. No one at the time thought to use duct tape to attach skis to the bottom of an ironing board, for example.
Then this man came to the park with the “Jonas Broboggan 3” Sunday.
(Updated at 4 p.m.) Hundreds of locals armed with snowballs converged at the Meridian Hill and Dupont Circle parks to wage war on each other this afternoon.
Under sunny, clear skies, the attackers hurled chunks of snow at one another, drawing screams and laughter. Some of the combatants were covered in snow, but appeared uninjured and in good spirits.
At the Meridian Hill skirmish, dubbed the “Snowzilla Snowball Sunday Showdown,” rows of fighters battled as “It’s All About the Benjamins” and other songs blasted in the background. Some of participants used trash can lids, sleds and unlucky friends as shields.
Blinding snow didn’t keep dozens of locals from zooming down stairways and other inclines on sleds, a beer sign and, for a time, an air mattress in Meridian Hill Park this afternoon.
Powered by liquid courage in some cases, the sledders plunged down packed snow screaming and laughing while they dodged walls and bystanders. But no collisions happened when Borderstan visited.
Mike Lindle, who lives near the park, was trying out his sledding skills on a Newcastle Brown Ale metal beer cap sign when we saw him. He and some friends used an air mattress to go down some stairs at the park, until it deflated.
Meridian Hill Park has received almost a foot of snow so far this morning as a blizzard continues to pummel the area.
As of 8 a.m., the north section of the park had 10 1/4 inches of snow, according to our measurements. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be monitoring snowfall totals in that area.
About a half-dozen people were in the park around that time, hiking through the mostly undisturbed snow for selfies, dog walks and work.
(Updated at 6:15 p.m. Thursday) Locals looking to pelt snowballs at people for fun this weekend will have two semi-official locations to do so: the Meridian Hill and Dupont Circle parks.
“SNOW WARS: The Snowball Strikes Back” is slated for Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Dupont Circle park. The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association, which is organizing the fight, is encouraging combatants to wear Star Wars costumes or other space-themed clothing.
The “Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park Snowball Showdown” is scheduled for Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Falling temperatures have put the weekly drum and dance circle at the park on its annual winter hiatus, the gathering’s leader, Afrika Abney, told locals in an email yesterday. Under a permit the drummers and dancers received from the National Park Service, they can’t perform unless it’s 65 degrees or warmer.
The park, also known as Malcolm X Park, hosted its last official drum and dance circle Nov. 15. The gathering’s most recent incarnation began in March, continuing a tradition that started in the 1950s.
Drummers and dancers are expected to return to the park at some point in the spring.
A local couple is searching for a man whose dog bit their two-year-old daughter in Meridian Hill Park last week.
The couple, who only want to be identified by their first names and Kate and Jamal, said a small white dog — possibly a terrier or a Jack Russell terrier — bit their daughter Elise while the family walked through the park last Thursday around 11 a.m.
Kate and Jamal said the dog’s owner, a “fair skinned white man in his late 50s or early 60s,” pried the dog from their daughter but left the scene before the couple could ask about the pet’s immunization status.
The family posted flyers around the neighborhood with a photo of their daughter’s injuries and a note to the dog owner earlier this week.
“Kate and I were initially frustrated by not being able to protect our child, and then angry that the man walking the dog would run away,” Jamal said in an e-mail to Borderstan today.
Originally, Jamal and Kate suspected they might have to vaccinate their daughter for rabies as a precaution. Jamal said that, following the attack, he received conflicting medical advice about whether his daughter was at risk for contracting the disease.
“We were told that we were facing very serious risks,” Jamal said. “But in researching rabies, I learned that while the consequences from getting rabies are horrible (nearly always fatal), the likelihood (probability) of that occurring in this instance — being bitten by a leashed dog in Washington DC — are negligible.”
“Animal control told me that in the District, the last case of rabies in a dog was in 2005,” Jamal added. “I think we are going to opt not to subject our two-year-old to the post-exposure rabies vaccine shots.”
Still, the couple — who filed a report with the U.S. Park Police yesterday — simply want the dog’s owner to make himself known and put their minds at ease.
“We are asking the dog owner to come forward and confirm that his dog is in good health, has not recently tangled with any wildlife and has been vaccinated for rabies.” Jamal said. “I am confident that the wheels of Karma will come around to deal with whomever was walking that dog.”
Kate and Jamal are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them at the phone numbers listed on the flyer.
Washington Parks and People is looking for volunteers to help spruce up Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X park tomorrow morning.
Volunteers will help park staff remove invasive plant species, clean up litter and trim trees at the popular park near Adams Morgan from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Organizers have asked volunteers to RSVP via e-mail. Washington Parks and People personnel will meet volunteers at the statue of Joan of Arc inside the park tomorrow morning.
The cleanup event is part of National Public Lands Day. This year’s Public Lands Day includes cleanup projects at more than 2,500 parks across the country.
A man was filmed fighting off two would-be robbers last Friday near Meridian Hill Park.
Officials say the man was walking home last Friday around 1:55 a.m. when two suspects asked him for money. Police say that when victim refused, the two suspects followed him home.
Upon arriving at his residence on the 2400 block of 16th Street NW, the victim again refused to give up his belongings and the suspects attacked him.
A surveillance video released last night by police appears to show the man fighting off one of his attackers.
In the video, a hooded man can be seen punching the victim in an attempt to snatch his backpack. The victim appears to retaliate with a punch of his own.
Police say the assault and robbery ended when a witness stepped forward assist the victim and the suspects fled on foot toward Kalorama Road NW.
The victim received on-site treatment for minor injuries.
No arrests have been made, and police are still on the lookout for the two suspects.
Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.
A new online petition being put forth by a group of Meridian Hill residents is urging the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to reject a proposed development planned by the Meridian International Center.
The proposed development, as outlined in an HPRB report from April, would be composed of a nine-story apartment building at 1624 Crescent Place NW. The building would also include conference and office space for Meridian International Center employees.
Residents say they oppose the development because its current design is “not compatible with the Meridian Hill Historic District and adjacent Meridian International [Center].”
One of the residents’ chief concerns is that the proposed building would loom over the neighborhood.
“Our hope is that they will decrease the size,” says Carl Schmid, Meridian Hill resident and co-organizer of the petition.
Other concerns include the loss of greenery at the proposed construction site and a design clash with nearby historic buildings.
“We realized something will be built there,” Schmid says. “But we want to make sure it respects the historic nature of the neighborhood and would be more compatible with the neighboring buildings.”
Some residents have already weighed in on the online petition form.
“The proposed building would degrade the environment in terms of traffic, air-pollution, green space, crowding, parking and safety,” wrote Jaroslav Stetkevych, a homeowner and senior citizen living in the neighborhood.
Another resident, Laura MacDonough, wrote that “the design of the building is fundamentally inconsistent with the historic character of the neighborhood.”
Signatures and comments will be accepted until July 16. Meridian Hill residents will present their concerns to the HPRB during its July 23 hearing.
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“Our Teammate Nina” — A touching tribute to Nina Brekelmans, the Georgetown student who lost her life in the tragic Riggs Place fire last week, from the members of her running club. [Georgetown Running Club]
Metro changes — The new 7000 series of rail cars made its debut on the Red Line on Monday. Metro plans to replace the entire 1000-series, which have been in service since the system’s opening in 1976. [DCist]
Dupont Development — The St. Thomas’ Parish’s planned development project on 1772 Church Street is one step closer to approval. [DC Urban Turf]
Crime — A man has pleaded guilty to a Meridian Hill Park sexual assault that occurred in April. Glen Green, 23, faces a possible 19-year prison sentence. [Borderstan]
Police say that Glen Green, 23, followed and sexually assaulted a woman who was jogging in Meridian Hill Park, just before 7 a.m. on April 21.
According to police evidence, Green followed the woman as she turned into in an alleyway near 14th and Chapin streets NW. Green, who police say is “much larger” than the victim, then punched her repeatedly, dragged her behind a dumpster, forced her to undress and then sexually assaulted her.
After the assault, Green demanded money from the victim, stole her iPod and fled the scene. The victim was able to return home and dial 911.
Detectives arrested Green one day after the crime occurred with help from several witnesses and a surveillance video that captured Green leaving the scene of the crime.
Green will be sentenced on Aug. 21.
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