D.C. police seek 4 for questioning in Dupont Circle robbery, chase

November 14, 2012

Three men linked to Friday morning’s armed robbery of a Dupont Circle club owner and ensuing car chase through downtown Washington were captured on surveillance video shopping for shoes, according to D.C. police.

Authorities on Wednesday posted a 39-second clip on YouTube that shows three men holding shopping bags and wandering around what appears to be the shoe section of an unidentified store.

D.C. police cautioned that “the individuals shown in the video are sought for questioning only.”

It was not clear whether police considered the men shown in the video to be suspects in Friday’s 6 a.m. holdup. A woman also appears prominently in the video, although neither the police nor the victim have described a woman being among his attackers.

A department spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the investigation and would not confirm an account from the owner of M.I.A Lounge, who told The Washington Post in an interview that a friend’s stolen credit cards were used at a District gas station and a Nordstrom at Pentagon City’s mall to buy $2,000 in merchandise about three hours after the attack.

“We’ve been in touch with the complainant about this investigation, and we’re following leads,” said Cmdr. George Kucik, who heads the department’s criminal investigation division.

The robbery occurred in the 1800 block of Jefferson Place, just south of Dupont Circle. The club owner said that he, his manager and three friends were outside, preparing to go home, when three gunmen — two with bandannas over their faces — held them up.

The owner said he fought back, ran and jumped into a friend’s Jeep heading south on Connecticut Avenue. The robbers came after them in a Lincoln Town Car, and the owner’s friends followed in a Porsche.

During the chase, one of the gunmen leaned out the Town Car’s window and fired at the Porsche, hitting the windshield but not any of those inside. The victims stopped at a U.S. Secret Service kiosk at Lafayette Square near the White House, and the robbers drove on.

The men in the video are all carrying shopping bags. One is wearing a dark-colored cap and a red sweatshirt with a woman’s picture on its front. Another is wearing a dark-colored jacket, a red-and-black striped cap and a yellow scarf.

The third man is wearing glasses, a floppy gray hat, a green jacket and a blue shirt. He has a goatee. The woman is wearing all black, including a hoodie and a puffy coat.

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