Police search for man who burglarized home of Muriel Bowser’s parents

D.C. police are investigating the burglary of the Northeast home of the parents of Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel E. Bowser and believe the burglar is responsible for at least one other home invasion in the same area.

No one was injured in the Thursday morning burglary of Bowser’s parents’ home in the North Michigan Park neighborhood. Police say a man, who posed as a TV cable company employee, knocked on their door, claiming he had to work on a problem with the couple’s cable. According to a person working on the case, Bowser’s father Joe allowed the man into the house and escorted him to the basement. Bowser’s mother Joan remained in another part of the house.

With Bower’s father in the basement, the man then went upstairs to the main part of the house, stole various items and fled, Bowser said.

Police late Thursday released a photo and surveillance video of the man they say is a “person of interest.” Police also said the man might also be connected to a home robbery in the 1000 block of Crittenden St. NE.

In a recent interview, Bowser said of her parents, “They’re not hurt, but they’re very shook up,”

In a statement Friday, Bowser (D-Ward 4) elaborated. “Having your home, your place of sanctuary, violated is one of the worst things that can happen to you,” she said. I want to thank MPD for their quick response and am confident the perpetrator will be apprehended.

“This just goes to show that we all need to stay vigilant and ask for identification when someone we do not know, or did not expect, knocks on our door,” Bowser said.

Mike DeBonis contributed to this story.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of intern Chandra Levy.
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