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A July 18 Metro article gave an incorrect address for the D.C. block on which a Hummer was vandalized. The vehicle was smashed in the 4300 block of Brandywine Street NW, not the 3400 block.
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Hummer Owner Gets Angry Message

Gareth Groves's Hummer was parked on his street in American University Park for five days before two masked men were seen taking bats to it.
Gareth Groves's Hummer was parked on his street in American University Park for five days before two masked men were seen taking bats to it. (By Lois Raimondo -- The Washington Post)

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"This seems to be an isolated event," Cmdr. Andy Solberg said.

Investigators said they are searching for the vandals but don't have many leads. Witnesses saw two men about six feet tall with bandanas or masks over their faces smash up the car about 3:30 a.m. Monday and then run off.

Groves's mother, Phyllis Groves, 70, said she is sad for her son because he has wanted a Hummer for a while. But even she did not exactly approve of the purchase.

"I teased him because of the gas mileage," she said. "But he wanted a Hummer. He didn't have other gas guzzlers in mind."

He bought the used 2005 vehicle a month ago from a dentist in Fairfax County and left it in a shop for several weeks so it could be outfitted to his specifications -- new, bigger tires and a "lift kit," meaning it would be higher off the ground.

Groves, who grew up in the District and works in marketing for a local radio station, said he wanted the car in part because he is starting a company, Washington Sports Marketing, that is "image-based."

He said he wants to get it towed and repaired but fears extremists might not be done making an example of him.

"I'm worried about what I do now," he said. "If I get it fixed, do I put it back in the same spot three weeks from now?"


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