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D.C. police search for robbery suspects as young as 7 years old

A child as young as 6 years old grabbed a cellphone from a man’s hands outside a McDonald’s in Northeast Washington on Sunday and ran away with his friends, according to a D.C. police report released Monday.

Police say they are looking for the youth, who was with a group of children who ranged in aged from 7 to 14 years old. The incident drew attention Sunday night when police issued a look-out for the youngster on Twitter.

The man told police that he had come out of a McDonald’s in the 4300 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and encountered a group of children panhandling.

The police report says the man said he offered the youngest boy a cheeseburger. “I don’t want that,” the man quoted the boy saying. He told police that the group then followed and harassed him until he took out an Android phone and dialed 911.

Then, the police report says, the young boy “snatched [complainant’s] phone from his hand and fled southbound on Minnesota Avenue” toward a Metro station.

In the Twitter message, police described the suspect as 6 to 7 years old, 4 feet tall, 100 pounds, and wearing a white shirt and black shorts. Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099 or text 50411.


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