Rash of robberies alarm residents in Northwest neighborhoods

October 13, 2012

Two suspects held up seven men at gunpoint Saturday near Georgia Avenue NW, police said. Police said they stopped one as he ran away and arrested a second suspect after a search.

The holdup, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Gallatin Street NW was one of a series of sometimes violent robberies that have occurred in the past week week within a few square miles in the northern part of the District, east of Rock Creek Park. .

Several women who posted to a community list-serve decried what they called an alarming spike in robberies there. The head of the police department’s 4th District said in a post that robberies would be discussed at a community meeting Thursday.

Among the earlier incidents, one occurred on Oct. 7 when two people dragged a motorist from a vehicle on 4th Street NW, beat him and then stole the car.

On Oct. 8, police made an arrest in a gunpoint robbery in an alley on Quebec Place NW.

That same night, in the 5000 block of Third Street NW, two suspects, claiming to have a knife, punched and kicked a victim after demanding his cell phone. One suspect was later arrested, police said.

In one of several holdups in that general area on Tuesday, a robber followed his victim into an apartment house on 13th Street NW, knocked him down, punched him in the eye, and fled with cash.

Later Tuesday, a robber pointed a gun at a pedestrian in the 4100 block of 14th Street NW, took property and then stabbed the victim. The wound was not life-threatening, police said.

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