by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Police CarPolice have apprehended a 19-year-old man suspected of robbing multiple cabbies near the U Street corridor and other places in D.C., according to authorities.

Anthony Jones of Southeast D.C. was arrested last week in connection with eight attempted or completed robberies between Oct. 1 and Nov. 24.

The five robberies in the Borderstan coverage area include:

A lawyer for Jones wasn’t immediately available to comment.

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

Crown gas station (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 12:35 p.m.) A woman was hit with a gun and robbed of her car at a gas station near the 9:30 Club over the weekend, police said.

The armed carjacking happened at the Crown at 908 Florida Ave. NW about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

The woman was in her Nissan Altima at the gas station when two men approached her, according to authorities. Both of the men flashed guns, and one of them pulled the woman out of her car.

One of the men then pistol-whipped the woman in the head before he or the other man drove away with her car.

The victim declined medical treatment.

Police didn’t have detailed descriptions of the suspects.

The carjacking is one of at least 10 attempted or completed robberies reported in the Borderstan coverage area since Wednesday afternoon, police said. Many of the crimes involved scuffles or guns.

The attempted or completed robberies include:

  • An assault with the intent to rob someone on the 1200 block of Clifton Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • A robbery with guns on the 2500 block of Cliffbourne Place NW about 1:45 a.m. Thursday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1300 block of V Street NW about 3 a.m. Thursday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1700 block of 16th Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
  • An assault with the intent to rob someone on the 1700 block of 5th Street NW about 6:30 a.m. Friday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1100 block of 16th Street NW about 1 a.m. Saturday.
  • A robbery on the 2400 block of 18th Street NW about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
  • A robbery on the 900 block of L Street NW about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • A robbery with a gun on the 1700 block of 10th Street NW about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Robberies weren’t the only crimes that happened in the Borderstan coverage area since Wednesday afternoon. A woman was stabbed on Sherman Avenue yesterday morning, too.

Photo via Google Maps

by June 21, 2010 at 7:37 am 1,349 0

U Street NW auto crimes Borderstan DC police

U Street area: There were 17 thefts from autos in May 2010, compared to 51 in May 2009 and 8 in May 2008. (MPD Crime Database)

A huge drop in the number of thefts from autos (TFAs) almost halved the total number of crimes in May 2010 compared to May 2009 in the U Street area¹. There were 17 TFAs in the U Street area last month compared to 51 in May 2009; there were 8 in May 2008. In addition, there were only 3 stolen autos last month compared to 7 in May 2009 and 8 in May 2008.

The number of TFAs or “smash and grabs” seemed to spike dramtically in 2009 in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area before falling back toward 2008 levels this year. (See 14th Street: Crime Down 66% in May YOY and 17th Street Area: May Crime Down Slightly YOY.) The increase in auto crimes was particularly bad in the U Street area.

On a year-over-year basis (YOY), the 40 total crimes in the U Street area was represents a 47% drop from the 75 total crimes reported in May 2009. However, it is still higher than the 35 total crimes reported in May 2008. The YOY trend for May is similar to the one reported for April in the U Street area (U Street Area: April Crime Down from 2009, Higher than 2008).

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Violent crime down slightly. In the U Street area, there were 6 violent crimes last month–all of them robberies without a gun involved. This compares to 8 violent crimes in May 2009 and 6 in May 2008. In May 2009, there were 7 robberies (5 in which a gun was used) and 1 homicide.

Declining property crime. The decreased in the number of auto crimes was the driving factor in the decrease in property crimes on a YOY basis as well as the decrease in the area’s total crime. However, the number of thefts did increase in May 2010 compared to the previous year: there were 14 thefts last month compared to 8 in May 2009 and 6 in May 2008.

The U Street Corridor crime reporting area¹ (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW–an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Total crime stats for May 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.


by April 28, 2010 at 9:00 am 2,356 0

One of the crime trends of the past 10 days in the Borderstan area is nine stolen autos: five were stolen last weekend, four on Saturday and one on Sunday. There were another four reported between April 17 and April 21. Most of the cars were stolen in the western part of Logan Circle neighborhood or near the U Street Corridor; the list is below.

In addition, there were 11 reported robberies between April 16 and April 26, two of them committed with guns (the robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar and resident Kal Penn) and one with a knife. Three of the robberies are categorized as “snatches” or “pocketbook snatches” and they occurred between 1300 and 1500 U Street NW.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week–robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos–that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.


by June 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm 1,487 0

Yep, summer is here and so are street robberies. Be careful out there: Police Safety Tips for Crime Prevention, Avoidance.

by June 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm 2,008 0


PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood and part of Kalorama Circle. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is in PSA 208. (Image: MPD Web site.)

Following are May 31 crimes reported by Police Service Area (PSA) 208… What’s up with these “swarming” (my term) assaults on people on the street? The first crime detailed below (Pennsylvania Avenue NW) reminds me of the robberies that occurred in the clothing stores on 14th Street at Universal Gear (with video) and Rue 14 (with video). They are disturbing to say the least, especially when someone is attacked by 15 to 18 teenagers.

  • May 31. Two-Robbery/Force & Violence:
    • 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.A group of 15-18 male juveniles approached the complainant, grabbed him around the neck and demanded his watch. The complainant refused and all of the suspects began punching and kicking the complainant. The complainant fell and one of the suspects took the watch. The suspects were described as black males; approximately 15-18 years old; 5’6″-5’8″; and 110 – 140 pounds.


by December 24, 2008 at 11:35 am 1,482 0

Borderstanians: Following is detailed info on the five robberies that occurred in neighborhoods around Rock Creek Park on Monday evening. This information is from Acting Commander Matt Klein of the MPD Second District. None of the holdups were in Dupont Circle or Logan Circle; all were west or northwest of us.


by December 16, 2008 at 7:47 am 1,348 0

From MPD:

  • Robbery While Armed (Gun): 1824 19th Street NW (Sunday, 12/14/2008), 1:50 a.m. Complainant reports that he was walking at the event location when he was approached by two B/M’s. Suspect (1) stated to him, “You know what we want”, while suspect (2) brandished a black handgun. Taken was $320.00 US Currency. Suspects (1) and (2) fled westbound in the ally of the 1800 block of 19th St, NW. Suspect (1) is described as a B/M, 16-18 years of age, 5’10”, 160 lbs, dark complexion, wearing a white hoody and dark jeans. Suspect (2) is described as a B/M, 16-18 years of age, 5’11”, 160 lbs, dark complexion, wearing dark sweats, and dark jeans, armed with a black semiautomatic handgun. Officer Rodrigues, K., Badge #3761 reporting. 0150 hours, CCN: 176-296, 2D PSA 208. (more…)

by November 9, 2008 at 10:31 am 1,680 0

An AK-47, an automatic asault rifle. (Image from Wikipedia.)

An AK-47, an automatic asault rifle. (Image from Wikipedia.)

Borderstanians, I received this information from MPD Officers Roland Hoyle and Mike Smith, PSA 208. There have been six robberies in MPDs Second and Third Police Districts since October 16 in which the robbers have used either a shotgun or AK-47.

This was the first I had heard about these particular crimes. Have you heard anything?


Here is more information from the police:

  • Description of Crimes: Since October 16, 2008, six (6) robberies involved a long gun (shotgun or AK-47) have occurred in the Second and Third districts. These robberies have occurred on weekdays only between 2325h – 0250h. The first two occurred approximately 24-hours apart on October 16-17, 2008. The next three (3) robberies occurred only hours apart on October 29-30, 2008.  The most recent robbery occurred just after midnight on Monday, November 3rd.
  • Description of Suspects: The suspects are described as two black males in their late teens or early 20’s, both standing approximately 6’0” and weighing 180-200 pounds. They have been consistently described as wearing dark clothing and, at times, black skull caps.
  • Victimology: These robberies have been committed against both lone victims and groups of two or more victims.
  • Times of Occurence: These robberies tend to occur during weekdays just before or after midnight. Furthermore, at times these robberies occur in quick succession.

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