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.
Robbery Fear, 2021hrs, 1200 b/o C St SE, LOF: (5) B/M's, 17-18 yoa, unk clothing, L/S SB on 12th St towards Watkins Park/Pennsyvania Ave SE
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 13, 2015
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.