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Crime Roundup: Woman Grabbed by Throat, Robbed by Teens in Hill East

by Andrew Ramonas — October 13, 2015 at 10:50 am 9 Comments

Police car lightA group of teenagers violently robbed a woman in Hill East last night, police said.

The robbery happened on the 1200 block of C Street SE about 8:15 p.m. The area is between Lincoln Park and Watkins Elementary School.

The woman was walking in the area when five teen boys came up to her from behind, according to authorities. One of them grasped her by the throat and demanded her cellphone and purse, which she gave him.

The teens then ran toward Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Police also have arrested a man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery on the H Street corridor this morning.

Andre Green, 55, is suspected of trying to rob the Rite Aid at 801 H St. NE about 8 a.m., according to authorities. The pharmacy is in the H Street Connection strip mall.

A hooded man with his hand under his shirt approached a store clerk and demanded money, police said. The employee then ran away and the man fled.

Police canvassed the area for the man and apprehended Green, who authorities said matched the clerk’s description of the would-be thief.

Information on Green’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

  • Bob

    Nice…….I lived on the Hill for nearly 20 years and this kind of street crime finally drove me out of the city I loved. Funny thing, since I moved to the Virginia suburbs, my car hasn’t been broken into multiple times, I haven’t been mugged (twice on the Hill), haven’t had my front door kicked in and robbed (nice touch, tho they caught the guy because of his size 14 shoe print he left on my front door). Oh, yeah, my trash gets picked up regularly and there aren’t roving gangs of 14-17 year olds looking for an easy mark. Too sad what my once beloved neighborhood has become……….

  • Lynn Webster

    FEELING THE SAME WAY, HAVE LIVED ON THE HILL MOST OF MY LIFE OVER 45 YEARS, RELOCATED ONCE , RETURNED TO CARE FOR MY ELDERLY AUNTS, WHO LIVE ALONE, CRIME IS SO CLOSE TO HOME, A LITTLE LEARY ABOUT GOING AT NIGHT, WITH SO MANY VENUES NEAR ME , POLICE DEPARTMENT BLOCKS AWAY, STEAL FEELING A LITTLE UNSAFE.

  • AR

    I count the months until my lease is up, I’ve lived on the Hill five years, and this year is just too much, I lived in bad parts of Brooklyn years ago and never felt this unsafe, more so about my wife walking around alone, three muggings of women with guns this past weekend alone, now gangs of teenagers mugging another during a “safe hour” right across from Lincoln Park? One of my neighbors remarked yesterday that it seems more like it’s 1995 than 2015 on the Hill right now…

  • Hill Resident (not for long)

    Can DC Police answer this: How does a woman being grabbed by the throat and robbed = Robbery Fear? The act has happened and the person robbed (and assaulted), there is no “fear” which means the threat is real and potential for something bad to happen exists Might as well say “Robbery Scary”. Robbery occurred at 8:15 PM….Mayor wants us all off the streets by 7 PM to keep her crime numbers down…someone didn’t listen.

  • AR

    Seems like a lot of cowards preying women, shouldn’t that warrant some kind of extra police presence?

  • Sonny Liger

    No chance they guys were headed back to Potomac Gardens. No chance at all.

  • Mallygut

    That’s about 1-3 crimes weekly at 8th St & H St NE. They need to post a permanent cop there.

    • AR

      No they need to raze that corner completely and put up condos.

  • Kelly Burrello

    The problem is greater than just a bunch of kids roaming the streets looking for easy targets. So many people on the Hill flaunt their wealth around people who in some cases have little to subsist on. I am a resident in the Atlas District for the past 10 years. I have seen a dramatic shift in attitudes in that area. Many of the new people who have moved in the neighborhood in the past 2-3 years look at the long time residents in that area as if they are intruders. Don’t they know that you become a target in the big city when you treat your neighbors like they don’t belong. Be more inclusive and treat people with some respect and not fear and they will likely not see you as a threat either. This doesn’t work in cases with individuals just setting out to Maraud people but it works in most decent human circumstances!

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