D.C. Police have reassigned 200 police officers to deal with a wave of armed robberies in Northwest D.C.
Police in the District say they're making some progress in stemming a rash of street robberies in Northwest Washington.
Metropolitan Police detectives have arrested four suspects they believe may have been involved in nearly a dozen armed robberies in the District that targeted mostly pedestrians. During many of those muggings, iPhones and other personal electronic devices were taken along with cash.
Aaron Walker, 27, and Shadonna Fate, 24, were detained yesterday. Police say the duo were responsible for three robberies between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Late last week, two other suspects were arrested and charged with multiple armed robberies and carjackings, according to MPD
Police have not said if the four people in custody are linked to the armed street robberies that have plagued Tenleytown and Friendship Heights since late last year. D.C. Police have reassigned 200 officers to work on these cases.
But even as police attempt to clamp down on street crime, the numbers and locations of these kinds of robberies are multiplying in neighborhoods not used to these kinds of crimes.
Today, detectives are investigating two more armed robberies in the Dupont Circle area. One at Connecticut and Q St NW shortly after 3 a.m. and another at 6 a.m. at 20th and N St NW. Most robbers are targetting personal electronic devices and cash. A 20 percent increase in these sort of crimes has some in the District wondering if robbers have declared open season on law-abiding citizens.