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Crime Roundup: Boys Steal Cellphone in Violent Hill East Robbery

by Andrew Ramonas — September 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm 8 Comments

14th Street and Ives Place SE (Photo via Google Maps)A group of boys attacked and robbed someone of a Samsung cellphone in Hill East yesterday, police said.

The violent robbery happened at 14th Street and Ives Place SE about 5:15 p.m. The intersection is about a block from the Potomac Gardens public housing complex and the Harris Teeter on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

At least two armed robberies also have occurred in the Capitol Hill area since yesterday afternoon.

Two teen boys robbed a person at gunpoint on the unit block of 17th Street NE about 4:15 p.m., according to authorities. The street borders Eastern High School.

The thieves took an iPhone and a wallet from the victim before they fled.

A man with a gun also robbed someone in NoMa this morning before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The robbery occurred at 2nd and K streets NE about 5:45 a.m.

Police didn’t immediately release any other information about the three robberies.

Photo via Google Maps

  • anon

    That’s a really odd detail to include. The location is about a 1/4 mile from Potomac Gardens, which is not insignificant in a densely populated neighborhood. There are other sources of potential criminality and people using Harris Teeter and Potomac Ave Metro stations are periodic targeted by robbers. Did the police make any connection to Potomac Garden or do you just assume that’s the source? Do you just assume Hopkins, Kentucky Court and Potomac Gardens are the sources of all criminal behavior on the Hill?

    • hillnow

      Thank you for the note. Police didn’t say whether there is a connection to Potomac Gardens. But we often include landmarks near crimes to help readers get a sense of where the crimes happen.

      • Ivey

        I assume the roughly half a dozen youths who threw a rock at my head on Ives Place SE had a connection with Potomac Gardens, which is a 2-minute walk. Sorry.

    • steve849

      The article also mentioned it’s near Harris Teeter. I appreciate knowing what prominent locations crimes are near.

    • anon

      You’re trying to make mountains out of mole hills. First, its not a lazy assumption to associate a housing complex, with residents who may be more prone to commit crime. A wealth of social science research has concluded that concentrating poverty into urban housing projects like Potomac Gardens can have negative consequences on the education and income potential of their residents, thus entrapping them into a cycle of poverty. Concentration and of poverty, and an increase in crime, tract together as has been demonstrated once again in a wealth of studies. Youth in particular are even more susceptible to the negative outcomes of concentrated poverty like a housing complex (Katz and Turner 2008). Thus, to assume that a possible perpetrator is a resident of a housing complex within a quarter of a mile of its location is not unreasonable.

      • anon

        talk to the First District commanders if you’re concerned. It may open your eyes about crime in our neighborhood. if it was as heavily concentrated in a few public housing developments it would be extremely easy to control or eliminate.
        and as for “landmarks” — it was also about the same distance from Congressional Cemetery, Potomac Ave. Metro Station, Trustys, etc. . . That’s a totally loaded statement

        • anon

          The police record the address of every suspect detained if available. This may aid in searching for additional evidence, but just because a lot of perpetrators of crime come from a housing complex doesn’t mean the police can use that to their advantage. Tailing every single person going in and out of the complex would be expensive and inefficient.
          You really didn’t offer much to the point that crime and poverty tract together. Concentrating a lot of people living below the poverty line, in addition to single parent lead households together is been proven beyond a doubt to have incredibly negative outcomes for those residents. Crime is one of those.

  • AR

    They have guns.. Point them at people, which can KILL them, yet, they are called “TEENS” … That assault with a deadly weapon… They are ADULTS!


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