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D.C. police arrest burglary suspect who targeted seniors

D.C. police arrested a 47-year-old man Thursday who authorities allege committed two home invasions of senior citizens’ apartments by posing as a maintenance man needing to fix plumbing and then tied them up and robbed them, officials said.

Authorities arrested Anthony Ford, of Southeast Washington, and charged him with burglary in connection two crimes earlier in June, officials said in a statement. Both victims lived in senior citizen buildings, one located in the 1400 block of Florida Avenue NE on June 19 and the other on June 26 in the 1200 block of G Street SE, authorities said.

Police said Ford knocked on the apartment doors of two victims, told them he was from maintenance and needed to fix a toilet that had been leaking in apartments below the victims’, police said. Two unsuspecting victims opened the door, Ford continued the ruse by walking into bathrooms, until he assaulted each person, tied them up and then robbed their apartments of cash and property, authorities said.

Investigators released a security video of a suspect on Wednesday to the media and asked for help to identify the man.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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