WASHINGTON, D.C. – A security camera caught a group of young people viciously beating a tourist just blocks from the White House, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
The initial incident took place back on July 14, when a group of youthful D.C. residents surrounded a tourist outside of a D.C. Hilton hotel.
The Gateway Pundit reported that the group savagely beat the victim as well as spit and stomped on him while his friend tried desperately to intervene… without any luck.
Police are still attempting to identify the suspects caught on video and are asking local residents to come forward with any pertinent information that might lead to their arrest.
“Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.”
MPD said that the attack occurred outside a Hilton hotel in the 1900 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, just a handful of blocks from the White House.
The hotel is reportedly a key part of official Washington and has hosted presidents, foreign officials, business and political gatherings including the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The Gateway Pundit also noted that it’s where President Ronald Reagan was shot by a would-be assassin in 1981.
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“At approximately 1:00 am, several suspects approached the victims at the listed location,” MPD reported. “The suspects assaulted the victims then fled the scene.”
The victims were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and were released the same day.
The video of the attack can be seen below. Recognize someone? Report it.
Jay Wiley is a retired Sergeant from Baltimore Police Department. He said these types of vicious attacks have been around for years.
“In Baltimore we called these groups ‘roving wolfpacks’. We’ve had problems with wolfpacks violently beating and robbing people near the inner harbor since the 1980’s.”
MPD seeks the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in reference to an Aggravated Assault offense that occurred on 7/14/19 in the 1900 blk of Connecticut Avenue, NW.
See video here: https://t.co/4wFd8d9Gmz
Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 24, 2019
Wiley says with the numbers that the packs sometimes travel in, the victims don’t stand a chance. And what’s worse, they’re incredibly hard to prosecute.
“They were so difficult to convict because they did their best to target tourists. Many would not be able to come to court with the regularity needed to make a formal case. The defense attorneys would ask for postponements, which were often granted, until a day when the victim couldn’t be in court. Then they would try to proceed. Without a victim, the charges were usually dropped,” Wiley said. “The other problem was due to the vast majority of people in the attack and the quickness in which it happened, they often couldn’t identify a suspect(s). On the rare cases where they were prosecuted and convicted, they usually received very lenient sentences.”