A number of violent crimes, some with weapons, were reported in Georgetown over the past two weeks. They leave some people questioning if the area may be seeing an uptick in criminal activity (though not homicides), as have some other parts of the city. There appears to no clear reason for the increase.
• A reported sexual assault occurred at Georgetown Waterfront Park at 7:22 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the alleged victim was groped by a suspect, who also tried to “pull the cell phone out of the victim’s hand. Suspect ran away when the victim ran to other park visitors for help who called 911,” reported the U.S. Park Police. The incident remains under investigation.
• An armed carjacking occurred at 1510 Dumbarton Rock Court NW at 10:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, as the car owner was unloading groceries from her vehicle in front of her home. Three males and one female, all African American, one with a silver handgun, demanded, “Give up the car,” a silver BMW 135 convertible. The police reported the vehicle was recovered Oct. 19 in Riverdale, Maryland. Several suspects were held for identification and investigation.
• Four men robbed a store and beat a woman in the shop at Reddz Trading, a high-end consignment store in the 1400 block of Wisconsin Avenue, at 10:52 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13. The crime has been classified as theft and simple assault; the woman, who may have been an employee, fell to the ground during the violence.
• An armed bank robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank, 2901 M Street NW, at 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11. Police were asking for help to find the suspect.
Various acts of vandalism have been observed on and around Olive Street in the late afternoons by Jon Renzepis, a Citizens Association of Georgetown board member, who tried to stop several young men on wheelies slamming into the bumper of a car and attempting to steal a bike pump off a locked bike. They ignored his entreaties.