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Robberies Reported Near Three Capitol Hill Schools

by Andrew Ramonas — March 16, 2015 at 11:00 am 1,224 5 Comments

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People were robbed this weekend near three schools on Capitol Hill and in Near Northeast.

A woman was robbed and attacked with pepper spray near Options Public Charter School late Saturday night.

The men attacked the woman outside about 11 p.m. Saturday on the 1300 block of E Street NE, police said. They stole her purse, police said. The victim declined medical attention.

Authorities described the suspects as black men. One had an afro and was wearing a blue hoodie, and another suspect wore a red baseball hat. Police didn’t share details on what the other two men were wearing.

In addition to the Metro worker stabbed at the Stadium-Armory station Sunday, police gave details on these crimes in the First District this weekend:

  • A violent robbery occurred near Eliot-Hine Middle School in Northeast Friday night. Three thieves committed the crime about 9:30 p.m. on the 1800 block of Constitution Avenue NE. Police described the thieves as black males between the ages of 17 to 23, wearing dark clothing.
  • Two juveniles with a gun robbed a man near Watkins Elementary School Sunday night. The robbery occurred about 9 p.m. on the 400 block of 12th Street SE.

  • anon

    what an odd headline. None of these incidents occured during school hours or even when children were likely to be present. If you look at crime maps you could easily connect many incidents by proximity to one of the numerous Hill schools. Like parks or even commercal drags, some of these areas are not heavily populated after dark.

    • Safe Schools

      Crime near a school is important to know, and it should be a safe area anytime of day. Police need to be extra vigilant around schools. Otherwise these problems will creep into school time. To me, it’s not an odd headline but instead one worth reading.

      • anon

        ok — day — but these occurred well after dark at night . . . and on the weekend. I’d like to think of the children too, but I’m pretty sure they were safe from all of these incidents.

    • Devon Steven

      Agreed. While crime around schools are important, it’s hard NOT to be near a school in urban areas like the Hill. The headline makes it seem like the school (or its students) are related to the crimes when they aren’t. I expect this kind of click bait from other outlets, but not HillNow.

  • labormama

    Schools aside, all of these locations have recreational facilities adjacent to them. Youth sports – in Watkins case, Parks & Rec programming is there until 8:30/9pm every night. Eliot-Hine has various sports going on well into the evenings. It is a problem if kids and adults are at risk of violent crime by participating in athletic activities at public facilities in the evenings.

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