A woman was robbed in the heart of Capitol Hill on Sunday afternoon by youths who grabbed her around the neck and took her purse, D.C. police said.
In the first incident, the woman was grabbed about 1 p.m. while on foot near Seventh and A streets NE. According to police, several male teenagers took part in the robbery and fled in a minivan.
About 8 p.m., a woman who was walking was robbed by several teenagers who snatched her purse.
They, too, fled in a minivan, police said.
Descriptions of the assailants in each case were scanty but similar. Both incidents occurred about three-quarters of a mile east of the Capitol, in a neighborhood largely composed of rowhouses. A church also stands at Seventh and A.
In the robbery Friday, a woman was walking on 12th Street SE, near Independence Avenue and a block south of Lincoln Park, about 9:30 p.m. when four teenagers approached, police said.
One grabbed her from behind and the others took her purse.
A robbery by force was reported about 1 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of E Street NE, within a mile of the sites of the other three reported robberies. Police said a juvenile was arrested.