A driver wanted in connection with an armed robbery and trying elude police crashed into several vehicles Sunday afternoon in front of the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest Washington, authorities said.
Police said they were checking whether officers were chasing the vehicle. Five people were injured, including two officers, the suspect and a mother and her son. Police described the injuries as minor, though all were taken to area hospitals.
The incident occurred about 2 p.m. at 12th Street NW., and drew a large contingent of police vehicles from several local and federal jurisdictions.
Police said the vehicle driven by the suspect was headed west. His apparent attempt to escape apprehension ended at a barricade authorities had set up along 12th Street to prevent cars from getting near Syria Fest, an outdoor street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue featuring Syrian food, music and dance.
Police said the suspect might also be wanted in Prince George's County, Md., in connection with a car theft. Details of when and where the armed robbery occurred were not immediately available. Police said a knife had been used. The suspect was not immediately identified.
Authorities said the incident had no connection to either the Trump Hotel, which is four blocks from the White House, or the Syrian festival.