Police believe a group of juveniles were involved in several armed robberies in the D.C. area.
The first robbery took place on December 14 around 11:35 p.m. at Blair Road and New Hampshire Avenue, NW. According to DC police, three suspects robbed a man at gunpoint, taking his backpack and cellphone. The suspects then fled the scene in a dark sedan.
Around 12:20 p.m. on December 15, two victims reported they were walking in the 6300 block of Piney Branch Road, NW, when they were robbed at gunpoint by three suspects. Police said the suspects robbed the victims of their wallets and cellphones.
During the robbery, one of the suspects struck one of the victims over the head with his handgun when he didn’t immediately comply. The victim suffered lacerations to his head and was transported to a local area hospital, police said.
On December 15 around 1 a.m. Police said a dark gray sedan, matching the description of the car involved in the robbery on Blair Road, was seen officers traveling southbound in the 4800 block of 14th Street, NW.
When the officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on the car, the driver fled and lost control of his vehicle and crashed into several parked cars in the 1400 block of Buchanan Street, NW. The driver and two additional suspects exited the car and tried to flee on foot, according to police.
Officers pulled up and were able to stop the passengers. The driver fled on foot into the south alley of the 1400 block of Buchanan Street, NW., where he escaped.
Police said both passengers had fully loaded black 9mm handguns in their waistbands. During their investigation, officials learned that the gray sedan was stolen.
The two passengers, both juveniles, were arrested for the robbery that occurred on Piney Branch Road, NW. They are also considered prime suspects in the robbery on Blair Road, as well as two armed robberies in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Anyone with information about these offenses is asked to contact the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.