Two men armed with handguns robbed four people Monday night in Southeast Washington, stealing money, phones and clothing including a designer Helly Hansen jacket, according to D.C. police.
Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said detectives believe the robberies are related. The descriptions of the gunmen and what they were wearing are similar, he said, and the incidents occurred within an hour and in relative close proximity.
The first holdup occurred about 8:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Mississippi Ave. SE. Alali said two men, each with black handguns, robbed two men of their wallets, cell phones and keys.
A few minutes later in the 2100 block of Ridgecrest Court, Alali said, two men robbed a man of his white Helly Hansen jacket and a cordless phone.
About an hour later, in the 800 block of Southern Ave., Alali said two men with guns robbed another man of his cell phone and assorted clothing. Police had scant descriptions of the gunman but said one was wearing a gray jacket.
This item has been updated to correct the block address of the Mississippi Avenue holdup.