A gunman in a light blue jogging suit held up five people in Southeast Washington yesterday, and then shot and killed a fifth victim, D.C. police said.
Police identified the dead man as Mack L. Pope, 48, of 3411 23rd Pkwy., Hillcrest Heights. Pope died of an internal hemorrhage on the way to D.C. General Hospital, according to D.C. Medical Examiner Dr. James Luke.
All the robberies were committed within a 12-block area and in a period of less than three hours, police said. Several occurred within minutes of each other.
The gunman obtained only two cents in the four robberies, and netted an undisclosed amount of money from Pope, police said.
Police were searching for a man who had been charged with three armed robberies in the same area in May. The suspect, free on bond, allegedly wore a light blue jogging suit during the earlier robberies, according to Lt. Nelson Grillo of the Robbery Squad.
Police said the first robbery victim, Joe James Hubbard of the 2300 block of Good Hope Road SE, was stopped at 3 a.m. in front of his house. Hubbard told police that when he ran, the gunman fired three shots at him.
At 5:35 a.m., about four blocks away police said, James Green was stopped and searched at gunpoint in front of his house on 28th Street SE. Green said he told the gunman he had no money.
Shortly thereafter, Delbert Wells, who lives on T Place SE several blocks from Green, was robbed in front of his home by a gunman answering the same description. But Wells had only two cents with him, he told police. When Wells tried to escape, the gunman fired two shots at him, police said.
A fourth man, Eugene Myrick, who lives about two blocks from Wells, was held up at 5:40 a.m., also in front of his house. Myrick told police that when he called his dog, the gunman fled.
About 20 minutes after Myrick was robbed, Pope met the gunman who fatally wounded him at 815 N St. SE, behind the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. center.
Pope, a maintenance employe of Unified Services Inc., a company contracted to clean the building, was taking trash to a dumpster when he was shot and robbed, police said. Pope's empty wallet was found a short distance from where the shooting occurred.
At 7 a.m. yesterday, police spotted a jogger fitting the gunman's description. After a brief chase, the jogger eluded police by running into a wooded area in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE.
One of the gunman's victims, who asked not to be identified, said the gunman "is on a one-man rampage. He's a danger to the community and he's definitely not new to the neighborhood.
"He knew the shortcuts around here. He knew how to cut through the woods near Naylor Road and 27th Street (SE) to get to Good Hope Road," the victim said.