Cellphone robberies are not rare, but most of those that occurred in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the past few days were distinctive, including one that took place on a Metro train in the Eastern Market station.
The victim in that incident told police he was approached in the train shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday by three people who began to pat his pockets. He pushed one away, and all three then attacked him, D.C. police said. They robbed him of a cellphone and other items and fled from the station, police said.
Metro Transit Police arrived and broadcast a description of the robbers, and arrests were made, the D.C. police said.
About 12 hours later in the 500 block of Second Street SE, police said, three girls pushed a man from behind and stole his cellphone.
A police account described the girls as 12 to 16 years old. All were said to be about 5 feet tall.
In another Capitol Hill robbery early last Thursday, police said, two thieves approached a jogger from behind in the 800 block of A Street NE, took “an electronic device” and ran away. That robbery occurred at 12:50 a.m., police said.
The night before in the 100 block of 15th Street SE, on the outskirts of the neighborhood, two robbers, also approaching from behind, pushed their victim to the ground and stole a cellphone, according to police.
In that incident, police said, the robbers fled on bicycles.
A fifth Capitol Hill robbery, like that on the Metro train, also resulted in an arrest. Police said a robber came up behind a woman in the 600 block of Acker Place NE about 10:50 p.m. Thursday. The robber grabbed her phone from her hand and fled. Police said a male teenager was arrested not far away, in the 800 block of H Street NE.