D.C. police on Tuesday arrested an 18-year-old man and charged him with robbing five taxi cab drivers of money, cell phones and credit cards in two neighborhoods in Northwest and Northeast Washington.
The attacks occurred between Nov. 3 and Nov. 13 in Brookland, in Northeast, and in 16th Street Heights, in Northwest. In each case, police said the suspect pretended to be a passenger who took out a gun and threatened the driver.
Police said they arrested Aaron Derricott, 18, of Northwest, and charged him with five counts of armed robbery. He made an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.
According to police, the suspect started his alleged spree in Brookland, off Rhode Island Avenue, on Nov. 3 when he held up a cab in the 1500 block of Franklin Street NE about 2:30 a.m. Police said he obtained a wallet, money and a cell phone. The next day, police said he robbed another taxi driver a block away on the same street. That occurred about 1 a.m.
Police said the man struck again about 11: 20 a.m. on Nov. 10, this time in Northwest Washington, when a cab driver was robbed at gunpoint in the 800 block of Decatur Street NW. Police said the robber obtained money and a cell phone.
On Nov. 11, police said, another taxi drive was robbed, also in the 800 block of Decatur Street. This occurred about 7:45 p.m., and police said the suspect again escaped with money and a cell phone.
Police said on Nov. 13, yet another taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint, at 9:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Delafield Place NW.