The violent robbery happened on the 1800 block of Newton St. NW just after 7 p.m. last night, police said.
According to a police report we obtained this morning, a man was walking along Newton Street when he was approached from behind by nearly a dozen kids. Without warning, some of the kids punched the man in the face while others reached inside his pockets.
The underaged thieves — who ranged in age between 10 and 17 — swiped the man’s phone and wallet before running off, police said.
Authorities arrested four of the suspected thieves and recovered the phone along with some of the man’s credit cards. The man was taken to the hospital after the robbery, police said.
Police did not provide a detailed description of the other alleged robbers.
Members of The Lamont Street Collective were officially evicted from their longstanding group home and event space in Mount Pleasant earlier today. Just as they vowed to do last month, they didn’t go quietly.
For about an hour this morning, a group of people linked arms and sang songs on the steps of the 41-year-old group home at 1822 Lamont St. NW as D.C. Police officers looked on. Their message? “We won’t yield.”
The collective’s members sang songs such as “All You Need Is Love” and “Solidarity Forever.” Some members also stood on the building’s roof above a large homemade banner that read “Thru-Out DC To $ & Power: We Won’t Yield Our Community.”
“It’s ridiculous to me how it’s not a crime to take someone’s home, but what we’re doing is a crime,” said Bryan Kovalick, one of the protesters. “I have housemates standing on the roof and inside willing to resist and willing to get arrested for this community.”
Despite the slogans and songs, the protest fizzled when police threatened to arrest some of the demonstrators for trespassing. Still, the act of civil disobedience was a victory for many of the group home’s past and present members.
“I think this is an amazing moment of non-violent, peaceful resistance,” said former Collective member Marzena Zukowska. “People are occupying space in a community that is so meaningful.”
Spring is here. Well, more or less, anyway. As flowers begin to pop up across the city, so too will local farmers markets.
Wondering when the market near you will open? Here’s a helpful guide:
A D.C. man today pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking after admitting he secretly recorded women “in various
stages of undress” through their apartment windows between 2012 and 2014.
Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, said he used his cell phone to secretly record women in Mount Pleasant, the U Street Corridor and Adams Morgan.
“Daniel Rosen crept through alleys and peered through windows to secretly film women during intimate, private moments in their own homes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen, Jr. today in a press release. “Today he admitted to being a serial stalker and voyeur who robbed women of the privacy they expected in their own bedrooms and bathrooms.”
Rosen often spied on women under the guise of walking his dog, reads the press release, and sometimes returned later to record the same woman again.
Rosen will be sentenced on Oct. 9. Each of the counts of voyeurism and stalking carries a maximum penalty of one year and potential fines.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Canden Schwantes Arciniega, author of Wicked Georgetown and Wild Women of Washington, D.C., will talk about notorious figures in D.C. history at the Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th Street NW) at 7 p.m.
Arciniega, a volunteer docent and researcher for the D.C. Historical Society and Kiplinger Library, has spent years exploring the city and learning about its infamous individuals.
Copies of Arciniega’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Photo via Canden Schwantes Arciniega
By Michelle Lancaster. Got a hot tip? Tell her on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Police Respond to Mt. Pleasant Barricade Situation
This is so bizarre — sharpshooters and cops arrived Tuesday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant responding to a possible barricade situation. Why do I think it is so odd? Well, he’s apparently barricaded with a “screwdriver” and is not believed to have a gun. Check out the pictures in Washington City Paper to see how the police responded to the distraught man. Hope everyone stays safe.
DC Flag Tattoos a Hit on Flag Day
To bring attention to the still-conspicuously-absent lack of a D.C. vote in Congress, D.C. Flag Tattoo Day was organized last night in Dupont Circle. I have seen some awesome ones, notably on some tasty chefs around the city. District Love organized, and has some great pics already up on their site. Add your own to our Flickr pool!