Dupont – Logan – U Street

Crimes of Note: Witnesses Don’t Always Deter Muggers

There were 10 reported robberies and two assaults between March 27 and April 6 in the Borderstan area, only one of them committed with a gun. Perhaps the most disturbing crime of the week, an assault, occurred last evening (Tuesday) around 8 p.m. on the 1400 block of Q Street: Even though there were multiple witnesses in the vicinity, three men attacked a pedestrian, according to an eyewitness. Details are below the fold.

Also… the description of the suspect in the Friday robbery in the 1500 block of Massachusetts is similar to the suspect in three robberies that werereported last week: “Look out for white male, 5’9″ 160 lbs. wearing a white button up shirt and light blue jeans.” Last week, there was a similar suspect described by victims as a “white male with a beard and approximately 5′7″ to 5′8″ tall.” Police sources said last week they believed it may have been the same man fitting that description who was responsible for several robberies in the area.

As for additional trends, three of the robberies occurred in the early morning hours on two busy commercial strips, around the time patrons would be leaving clubs and bars. Two occurred near the 17th Street corridor, one at 17th and Church NW and the other at 17th  and Q NW. The third was on the 14th Street corridor at 14th and P NW. Finally, three of the robberies were on Q Street NW, between 12th and 17th Streets; and two robberies were on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont – Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.


  • Monday, March 29, 1 a.m., Robbery, 1200 block of 11th Street NW-Restaurant.
  • Monday, March 29, 10:55 p.m., Robbery, 1800 block of 19th Street NW.
  • Thursday, April 1, 7:04 p.m., Robbery – Pickpocket, 1100 block of Vermont Avenue NW.
  • Friday, April 2, 3:18 a.m., Robbery with Fear, 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW: “Look out for white male, 5’9″ 160 lbs. wearing a white button up shirt and light blue jeans.”
  • Friday, April 2, Robbery with Fear, 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Saturday, April 3, 3 a.m., Robbery, 14thand P Streets NW.
  • Saturday, April 3, 4:35 a.m., Robbery, 1600 block of Vermont Avenue NW.
  • Monday, April 5, 2 a.m., Robbery, 1700 block of Q Street NW.
  • Monday, April 5, 2:19 a.m., Robbery with Gun, 17th and Church Streets NW.
  • Monday, April 5, 4:30 a.m., Robbery, 12th and Q Streets NW.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

  • Saturday, March 27, 2:30 a.m., Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 10th and U Street NW-Tavern/Nightclub.
  • Tuesday, April 6, 7:50 p.m., Assault, 1400 block of Q Street NW. According to an eyewitness, three young African-American males mugged a man walking on the south side of Q Street. One of the suspects chased, caught and punched the victim after he he attempted to flee, according to the source who witnessed the attack. There were other witnesses on the block at the time of the mugging, including the driver of a car who pursued one of the suspects after they fled. Police arrived on the scene, but no further details are available as of now.


  • Monday, March 29, 9:50 a.m., Burglary, 1400 block of R Street NW-Public Housing Project.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 9 a.m. to 5:55 p.m., Burglary, 1600 block of Riggs Place NW.
  • Tuesday, March 30, midnight to 6:15 p.m., Burglary, 1700 block of P Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Tuesday, March 30, Stolen Auto, 1800 block of 17th Street NW.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2 to 8 p.m., Stolen Auto, 19th Street and Dupont Circle NW.

April 7, 2010 - Posted by | crime | , , ,


  1. Another mugging in broad daylight on 14th street — 14th and R. Two young black males attacked a man sitting at a bus stop, for his ipod. Continued to beat him until he gave it over. Multiple people watching. No one acted, I suspect because of the potential gun factor.

    Really wish someone had had the guts to beat the crap out of these punks.

    They then ran into the projects at 14th and R. I wonder where all of the crime in the area is coming from….

    Comment by Fritz | April 28, 2010 | Reply

    • this happened on April 27th

      Comment by Fritz | April 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Same thing happened to me a year ago on Capitol Hill – attacked in broad daylight on Penn Ave by two teen males – I also had tried to flee when I realized they were coming up behind me. I guess that inflames them.

    And I also was a few blocks from a public housing project, no surprise there…

    Comment by Dan | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. @Sgt. Terestre: You comments are noted on the April 6 crime; we have changed it from a robbery to an assault. In addition, a more complete description of the three suspects was added. The description of the crime was based on the firsthand report from a trusted, known source. (Normally there are Police Alerts for these types of crimes, but there were none for this particular incident.)

    As for overall crime statistics, Borderstan publishes monthly crime stats for three selected locations in the area: 12th and U NW, 14th and Q, and 17th and Q. We sometimes run monthly stats for PSAs 307 and 208 as well. For example, here are recent postings with monthly stats:

    We will be posting March crime stats for the 14th and Q and the 17th and Q locations in the next few days.

    Thank you for your feedback. — Borderstan

    Comment by mattyillini | April 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. I’d like to address the previous news article regarding crime in the Borderstan Area.

    There appears to be a couple of discrepancies, which when fact-checked with police department records, appear inaccurate. The incident that occurred on Q street last evening was not a robbery. It was infact an assault.

    Additionally, the tone of the piece implied a connection into the next paragraph, where the suspect involved was white male, 5′9″ 160 lbs. wearing a white button up shirt and light blue jeans. The Q Street assailants were three teenage black males.

    While I understand that these differences provides no comfort that this activity occurred in your area, it does set the record straight.

    I am the PSA 307 Sergeant for your neighborhood during the evening shift.

    I take full responsibility when crime occurs on my watch and to this end I will personally assume a footbeat on a staggered basis to assist my officers in making your neighborhood safer.

    Until this recent uptick in activity, we have experienced an unprecidented 54% drop in total crime for the month of February, continuing to a 45% in March, when these 30 day comparisons were made against 2009 totals. See for yourself at

    I always look forward to meeting with members of the community and hearing your ideas. When you see on your block, stop and introduce yourself.

    Reducing crime is always a work in progress, the more we work together, the more we can accomplish…together.

    Sergeant David J. Terestre
    PSA 307 Evenings
    Third District

    Comment by Sgt David J. Terestre, MPD | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Dear Sergeant Terestre,
      We are aware of the 54% drop in crime in February – due to the unprecedented weather!!! This is no time for complacency. Most people i talk to who live in Borderstan are afraid to go out at night … we feel unprotected.

      What your strategy over the short and long term for confronting this crime? i don’t think a footbeat on a staggered basis is a strategy.

      NYC has evidently been very successful. Why can’t DC?

      What is DC doing?

      Jeanne Downing
      1454 Q Street NW

      Comment by Jeanne Downing | April 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. I was walking one block away at 750 last night. Jesus. This is a bit much….

    Well we all know who to look out for, even though there is no description of the suspects…

    Comment by Jason | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. We do have some police presence in the area – there is a bike cop whose “beat” is Borderstan. I see him pretty regularly. Clearly the nicer weather has brought about the – sad to say – expected increase in street crime.

    However, change in the crime situation in the area won’t be made by complaining about it. Citizens need to interact directly with our city’s leadership to make clear our seriousness about the this issue. That means attending Police Service Area community meetings regularly, engaging ANC commissioners, and writing and phoning the mayor’s office. Just feeling outraged and b*tching about crime won’t make one whit of difference.

    Finally, I would argue that the mayor’s “schools kick” is, in fact, addressing the crime in the city. It’s just future crime not current crime.

    Comment by jdola | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Time to take out the public housing projects at 14th & R. The low-lifes who hang out there are causing 80% of the crime in Borderstan.

    Comment by corcoran | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. I walked to my car that was parked on the 1400 block of Q Street at 9pm. I saw no police around?! It’s frustrating that the only cops i see hang around outside of whole foods or 7-11 (14th and RI and 17 and R).

    Maybe we should request to have a couple snipers stationed on the rooftop of the Metropole and Cairo.

    Comment by 14thandChurchPrep | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. I sure would like to know the status of the three muggers on Q Street last night: Were they in the criminal justice system in some way? Were they out on bail pending trial? Had they escaped from a half-way house? Of course, the police would have to find them first. I really wish Fenty would get off his schools kick and do SOMETHING about crime in this city.

    Comment by Bobster | April 7, 2010 | Reply

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