The first robbery occurred about 6:45 p.m. on the 800 block of 13th Street NE. A man reported that several kids pushed him to the ground from behind before one of the kids flashed a knife. The man was able to flee before his attackers were able to steal anything from him.
The next robbery occurred 30 minutes later on the 600 block of F Street NE about 7:15 p.m. A woman reported that four kids approached her and began tugging at her purse and grabbing her. A neighbor was able to stop the attack by yelling at the suspect, who fled without obtaining the woman’s purse.
Later, two people reported being approached by three kids who demanded their belongings. The kids stole a purse from the two victims and fled on G Street NE.
In all three cases, the suspects were described as black boys between the ages of 10 and 14 wearing dark clothing.
Metropolitan Police First District Commander Jeff Brown said in an email that the three incidents appear to be related.