We just received the following email from our office administrator:
There have been three robberies since Wednesday, April 11, 2007. All seem to fit a pattern at least in terms of the area where they have occurred and the victim profile, and we would like your help in alerting the community of this situation.
On Wednesday, April 11, at about 7 pm, a woman walking home alone was robbed when a man produced a gun and demanded her purse near 31st and Q Sts., NW. The man fled and was not caught. He is described as a black man, dark complexion, tall and thin, late 20s to early 30s, wearing a ¾ length dark coat.
On Thursday, April 12, at 9:10 pm, a woman walking home alone was robbed at 27th and N Sts by a man described as a black man, with a relatively small build and medium complexion, wearing dark clothing with a dark hooded sweatshirt. He grabbed the woman’s purse and fled and was not apprehended. Contents of the purse were recovered from the park area at 27th and N.
On Tuesday, April 17, at about 8:15 pm, a woman walking home alone was robbed by a man with a gun. While walking near 29th and N Sts., NW, she was approached by a man who demanded her purse while holding a gun at his side. He is described as a young-looking black man in his late teens or early 20s with a small build, chin length dreadlocks, a black hat, and wearing a black hockey jersey with white around the waist and wrist areas. He walked south on 29th and turned eastbound into the 2800 block of Dumbarton St.
There appears to be a man, or more than one, who is targeting women as they walk alone in the area around 27th to 31st Sts. from N to Q Sts, between 7 and 9:15 pm.
We would caution women to walk with a friend or neighbor in the evening hours when possible until we make any arrests in these cases. We ask that anyone with any information relating to anything that might help us out in these cases call our detectives’ office at 730-1903.
We recommend that in any such case if you are approached by a person who demands your wallet, purse, cell phone, or any other items of value, surrender the property without resistance. Call 911 immediately when you are able to get to a phone and give us as complete a description as possible of the suspect and the location where he was last seen.
Cancel your credit cards, but in many cases we ask that you do not turn off cell phone service if your phone was taken, as we may be able to use phone call records in our investigation.
We are putting additional officers into this area for specialized deployment until we can bring this situation to closure.
Commander, Second District
As a female who often tends to walk alone through Georgetown after leaving the office, the above has me literally scared shitless. Please keep your eyes peeled and don’t walk around these areas, or any area of Georgetown alone.
Be sure to take precautions:
Keep copies of your credit cards and other information you keep in your wallet/purse. Make sure to photocopy the front and back so you can easily call the necessary numbers to put a hold on your card.
Check your credit every year