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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Police search for suspects in early-morning robbery downtown; shots fired when victims gave chase

(Updated story: Victims of armed robbery chase assailants through downtown D.C. as shots fired)

D.C. police are looking for three suspects allegedly responsible for an armed robbery near Dupont Circle early Friday that resulted in shots being fired a few blocks north of the White House.

Detectives were still sorting out witness accounts. But D.C. police officer Araz Alali said three masked men held up two people in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, near the corner of 18th Street and Jefferson Place NW, moments after 6 a.m. Another police officer said money, cell phones and other personal property were taken.


Police investigate this morning near Lafayette Square. ( Maggie Fazeli Fard - The Washington Post)

The victims jumped in a SUV and followed the alleged robbers, Alali said. One of the suspects allegedly fired shots at the SUV, with a bullet hitting the windshield but missing the occupants.

The victims reported the robbery to Secret Service agents at Madison and H streets NW, the northeast corner of Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

Police said they believe the suspects fled in a white or silver Lincoln with a DC license plate numbered EC0424. Anyone who sees the suspects or the car is asked to call police, but not approach the vehicle.

No injuries were reported.


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