The owner of the Touch of Class disco at 5422 Georgia Ave. NW shot and wounded two robbery suspects yesterday, D.C. police said, after the owner had been bound and robbed.
Charged with armed robbery were Larence Dogan, 26, of 6727 Piney Branch Rd. NW, and Connie Rayneil, 22, of 1393 Congress St. SE, police said. Dogan and Rayneil were taken to Washington Hospital Center, where they were reported in fair condition. There were bullet wounds in Dogan's left shoulder and Rayneil's left arm, according to a hospital spokesman. They later were transferred to D.C. General Hospital.
Police, who said they were searching for a third robbery suspect, gave the following account of the robbery:
Rayneil allegedly went into the disco alone at 12:50 p.m. and said she wanted to talk to the owner about a job. An employe told her to come back later. When she returned within an hour, two men went into the disco with her and one allegedly put a gun to the employe's head.
The three suspects then walked upstairs to the disco office, where the robbers bound and robbed owner Charles Godden, 41, of Hillside.
Another employe, Roger McClure, who had been in the disco and heard the suspects enter the building, took a handgun from behind the bar, ran to the office and told the robbers to halt. Godden then untied himself and took the gun from McClure. When the suspects tried to flee, Godder fired and wounded two of them.