Crime Alert: Robberies Target Tenleytown, Upper NW

MPD police car by CliffEarly Labor Day morning an attempted armed robbery took place in Tenleytown in front of the Cityline at Tenley condominiums. According to a report from the Washington Post, sometime between 1:18 a.m. and 1:34 a.m. three men armed with guns approached two men on the sidewalk outside of the building. A subsequent report from the Metropolitan Police Department stated that the armed men searched the victims, but “nothing was obtained.”

The attempted robbery appears to be related to two other Labor Day incidents, an armed robbery around 1:00 a.m. in the 3700 block of Harrison Street and a robbery around 9:00 p.m. at 30th and McKinley Streets.

Lieutenant Roland A. Hoyle sent the following message to the MPD Second District listserv last night regarding the incidents, along with descriptions of potential suspects:


Be on the alert, over the last 24 hours the northern end of the Second District has experienced 3 robbery incidents that appear to be related.  The victims of each robbery describe a group of 3 to 4 black male subjects driving a black or grey small 4 door vehicle, possibly a Nissan.

Please be aware of your surrounding when walking on the side streets between Wisconsin and Connecticut in the upper end of the Second District.

Brief Synopsis:

30th and McKinley NW 9-7-15 9PM -Robbery Force and Violence

The victim reported that several black males jumped out of a dark-colored vehicle and snatched her purse which contained a cellphone and keys.

Lookout is for Suspect (1): B/M, 6’1”, muscular build, medium-dark complexion, dark colored clothes. The other three suspects could not be identified.

4101 Albemarle NW 9-7-15 1AM -Attempt Armed Robbery

The victim reported that several black males, armed with guns, jumped out of a dark-colored vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim and searched the victim’s pockets. Nothing was obtained.

Lookout is for Suspect (1): B/M, 6’1”, slim build, medium-dark complexion, white t-shirt, dark jeans, black bandana armed with a black handgun; Suspect (2): B/M, 6’2, slim build, dark complexion, black jacket with a sweatshirt, tan shorts; Suspect (3): B/M, 6’4, slim build, dark complexion, navy or black t-shirt, cream colored basketball shorts.

3702 Harrison NW 9-7-15 1AM -Attempt Armed Robbery

The victim reported that while outside of the above location, 3 black males approached them. S-1 hit Complainant (1) in the back of the head with his hand.  S-1 then pointed a gun at all of the complainants.  Taken was a white IPhone 6, wallet, US Currency, and a Swatch Watch.

Lookout for Suspect (1) B/M, 16-20 years of age, black ski mask, all dark clothing; Suspect (2) B/ M, 16-20 years of age, black bandana on the face and all dark clothing and Suspect (3) B/ M, 16- 20 years of age dark clothing and a black piece of fabric over his face, all fleeing westbound on foot with a black handgun.


Photo Credit: flickr user Cliff

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