Caught on camera: Robbers kidnap at least six victims in five days in violent (police-defunded) DC crime spree

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WASHINGTON, DC – Police in the nation’s capital are searching for a gang of men for a series of kidnappings and robberies over the last week. Two of the suspects were caught on surveillance video.

The attacks began on August 24 on Cocoran Street in the Northwest section of Washington D.C. and spread across the city.

The gang has reportedly forced single male victims into a vehicle at gunpoint, driven them to ATM machines, and made them withdraw money from their bank accounts.

One victim told the media, “I thought they were going to kill me.”

Police believe the same three or four men are responsible for all the attacks, which have occurred in five spots in the city, both in the Northwest and on Capitol Hill, NE.

Police have a couple of leads in their investigation, including surveillance video from two of the men as they extracted money from an ATM machine with a victim’s card. Police said one of the assailants waved the victim’s cash in front of the camera.

 

A Nissan Rogue believed to have been used by the gang has been recovered by police. The Nissan was stolen from Prince George’s County in a carjacking earlier this month.

Police believe three or four men have attacked single men out alone six times in five days, including assaulting three men in the span of a few hours early Saturday morning near Logan Circle.

Commander John Haines of the Metropolitan Police Department discussed the crimes:

“It’s very unusual to have anyone kidnapped, which is exactly what they’re doing — taking people and putting them in a vehicle.

“In at least three of the cases, they’ve used what’s described as zip ties to tie the individuals’ hands together. And they’re blindfolding them.”       

The six kidnappings occurred between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 3:45 a.m., according to police. The locations included the 1300 block of Corcoran Street NW on Aug. 24, the 5200 block of 14th Street NW on Aug. 25, 14th and Allison Street NW on Aug. 26 , the 1200 block of 10th Street NW on Aug. 28, 500 block of 13th Street NE on Aug. 28, and the 700 block of Kenyon Street NW on Aug. 28.

According to police reports, the gang also stole the victims’ wallets and phones. Police said the victims had been grabbed, punched, and in at least one case, hit with a gun. In one case, when a victim tried to run away, he was assaulted and forced into the vehicle, police said.

Police are asking the public to be alert and to cooperate with the robbers if targeted. Commander Haines said:

“Give them what they ask for. Don’t fight them. They are armed with a handgun. We don’t want to see anyone hurt.”

There is a $10,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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Robbery suspects caught on video wrestling victim to the ground at a gas station in police-defunded Washington DC

August 5, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to authorities, five suspects are being sought after a robbery and beating of a victim at a D.C. gas station was captured on video. 

The Metropolitan Police Department released the surveillance footage of the attack hoping that the public will help identify the suspects. Police stated that the incident began just after 11:10 p.m. on July 24th.

The footage appears to show three people surrounding a male near a parked car at at gas station in the northeast quadrant of the city.

One of the individuals is seen on a bicycle. As the victim begins to walk away, one of the suspects grabs him from behind while another appears to reach into his pants pockets.

The victim is then shoved to the ground and kicked several times. At that point, another suspect comes and appears to help the other two suspects as they appear to go through the victim’s pockets.

As the attack is happening, a person gets into the driver’s seat of the car where the confrontation initially took place and pulls away. The suspect on the bicycle watches a fifth person comes and appears to rob the victim as well.

All five suspects left the scene and left the victim on the ground. Before fleeing, video shows one of the attackers kick the victim once more.

According to data, as of Wednesday, August 4th, robberies are up 3 percent in the city with 1,049 being reported compared to 1,013 in the same time frame in 2020.

Amid an increase in violence across the city, a 31-year-old teacher and father of four was killed on Saturday, July 31st. The victim, Kervin Sanchez, was a teacher at Hope Tolson. His death comes as the city struggles to keep a grip on public safety.

Marvin Moore, a longtime friend of Sanchez, told Fox News’ Steve Doocy that the current climate in the city is “very troubling.” He added:

It’s very worrisome to not be able to predict whether or not your loved one or your family member is going to return home to you after leaving outside of the house.”

He stated:

“We are in very devastating times and this is unlike anything that I’ve seen in my entire time growing up here in D.C.”

In an effort to combat the rise in violent crime in D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed an $11 million package to hire 170 new officers to bolster the city’s police force.

However, the package that the city council approved only allocates $5 million for new officers.

In a recent statement, Bowser said:

“We need what we need. We need to hire officers as soon as we can and we need the council to understand that.”

In the month of July, D.C. reported three times more homicides than deaths from COVID-19, raising questions around the city’s priorities. Moore said:

“As a community, as a city, we have to figure it out. We have to find a way to create a better resolve. Look for alternative solutions to problem solving.”

He added:

“Something that has to be done that doesn’t leave us having to do interviews about people who’ve passed or about lives that have been lost, especially for people that have such an astounding impact on their community.”

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Police-bashing, BLM-backing D.C. mayor suddenly says ‘defunding the police’ is a bad idea after latest shooting

May 21st, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, criticized the “defund the police” efforts being taken by the D.C. Council on May 19th following a shooting that occurred in the Shaw neighborhood the evening prior that has left a mother and son in critical condition.

On May 18th slightly before 7:00 p.m., a male subject had parked a rental scooter in the middle of the sidewalk along the 1500 block of 10th Street NW in the Shaw neighborhood.

The neighborhood is considered to be one of the more upper-class areas, with the likes of active construction going on around the block for new homes alongside side some pricey properties.

For reasons unknown, this parked scooter had caused some sort of an altercation between the male subject and at least one other adult that was among a group of other adults that had their children outside as well.

Witnesses say that during this altercation, the male subject pulled out a gun and started shooting – striking one woman and her four-year-old son.

No arrests have been made yet in the case, with officials saying that the suspect is a black male that was wearing a ski-mask mask during the shooting and fled the area on foot following the gunfire.  

One of the neighbors, retired U.S. Navy Admiral Roger Gilberton, has stated that he’d heard the gunfire go off and witnessed a group of people running in fear following the shooting:

“We heard about half a dozen shots and then just a few seconds after that there were five or six people running down P Street.”

Authorities say that at least four gunshots were recorded during the incident.

The two gunshot victims, who have not been identified by officials, were last reported as being in critical condition.

Following an event on May 19th, Mayor Bowser informed reporters inquiring about the investigation that police are “doing everything they can to catch the shooter, and to stop things like this from happening in the future by getting the guns out of the hands of people who have shown they are willing to use them.”

However, Mayor Bowser mentioned that the efforts being taken by the D.C. Council to “defund the police” is not helping the matter, pointing to how budget cuts enacted by the Council have impacted the police department’s ability to onboard much-needed officers.

Back in June of 2020, when calls to defund police departments were likely at their highest point, the D.C. Council voted to cut $15 million from the Metropolitan Police Department. 

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee did convey that the police are actively searching for the at-large suspect:

“The Metropolitan Police is coming for him, he should be ashamed of himself for what he did to this family tonight.

“And he has to be held accountable for his actions. The community demands it, I demand it, he has to be held accountable for his actions, that’s unacceptable.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

 

 

 

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