Crime Update: Robbery on 31st St. Involved 10 Men

Mayor Bowser Calls Columbia Heights Shooting on July 18 'Shocking'

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For Washington, D.C., it is a long, hot summer on several fronts — including crime.

As of today, according to D.C. Witness, there have been 104 homicides thus far in 2020.

The following are a few recent crime stories.

Around 2 a.m., Monday, July 20, 10 men mugged a person on 31st Street near the Georgetown waterfront.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, 10 young men riding “in an older model white sedan and a new model black SUV” are accused of robbery in the 1000 block of 31st Street NW.

Second District Cmdr. Duncan Bedlion told The Georgetowner: “In terms of the robbery, I can update you that it involved approximately 10 suspects who exited two vehicles. They approached the victim in the 1000 block of 31st Street NW and demanded his property after displaying a handgun. We have a person of interest that has been identified at this time.”

In Columbia Heights, nine persons were shot on Saturday afternoon, July 18, resulting in one fatality. According to MPD, three shooters were involved in the incident at 14th Street NW and Spring Road.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said police were searching for three men after what appears to have been a targeted attack, according to the Washington Post.

Two of the men were armed with long guns, and one with a pistol, said Newsham, who told the media, “This type of brazen daylight activity in a very, very busy block I’m sure is scary for this community. I don’t know what people are thinking.”

Also at the scene was Mayor Muriel Bowser, who called the shootings “shocking.”

In Georgetown last week, a smash-and-grab from the driver’s seat of a white Tesla with Maryland tags was reported at 31st and P Streets around 1 p.m. on July 14.

Earlier on June 27, along the 1500 block of 30th Street, a tire slasher and package thief were reported — and caught on camera, according to neighbors.

A sexual assault was reported by the Citizens Association of Georgetown. CAG public safety committee chair John Rentzepis wrote: “On July 16, on the 3300 block of Reservoir Road, a woman was sexually assaulted when a male came up and groped her. Description of person involved – Bottom: Jeans, Shoes: Grey, Race: Black, Sex: Male.”

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