A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with the robberies and thefts from six taxi drivers in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police.
The youth was charged as a juvenile and his name was not made public. Police said that a second person was with the boy in some of the cases and has not yet been arrested.
In some instances, police said the youth or his companion assaulted the drivers before taking cash, wallets or cellphones. The attacks typically happened after the taxi ride concluded.
The incidents happened Oct. 10 — 28 in the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Crestwood, Park View and 16th Street Heights.
In one case, police said in a report the youth and another person hailed a cab Oct. 10 at 17th and D streets NW, near the White House, and requested to go to the Petworth Metro Station. During the trip, police said, the passengers told the driver that they had changed their minds and requested to be dropped off in the 3500 block of 10th Street NW in Park View.
Once there, police said, one passenger handed the driver what appeared to be a $100 bill and then snatched that bill and other money the driver had pulled from his pocket to make change. Police said they also took the driver's iPhone. In all, police said they fled with the phone and $180. They also failed to pay the $19 cab fare.
In another case, police said one of the passengers put the taxi driver in a neck hold while stopped in the 1200 block of Jefferson Street NW, in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood. Police said that occurred Oct. 28. The report says $600 was taken.