See this Tuesday, 05-24-2016, message from a Bates Area resident:
I was robbed today! I thought that adults with helpless children has some sort of security, but no! My son and I were robbed at gunpoint this afternoon — I was parked in front of my house (1700 block of 4th Street NW) unloading my car, he was in his car seat, and the guy ran over flashing his gun and yelling… I told him I had a child in the car and he still said “Just give me everything.” He then jumped in a minivan and sped away… luckily I got the license plate and used my Android Tracker to chase the phone around town, and the cops are on it, and we are both safe, so I’m feeling a lot of relief. but how hostile do you have to be to rob a mother with her 2-year-old who is unloading, of all things, begonias? The guy got my phone, wallet, 200 cheerios and some diapers.
See this subsequent Email:
From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:26 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] FW: Reminder – Listserv Postings
To the Fifth District Community:
On Tuesday May 24, 2016 at approximately 4:00PM, a Robbery (Hold-up Gun) occurred in the 1700 Block of 4th St., NW. A suspect approached the complaint as they were unloading their car. The suspect produced a silver colored handgun and demanded the complaint’s property. The suspect fled in a blue/green colored mini van.
Lookout is for a black male, slim build, white, shirt with curly hair 18 – 22 years of age.
Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.
Persons with information may also anonymously text via cell phone to 50411. Text, photo and video messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911. (Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message. The anonymous text tip line is not an emergency number. If you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency that requires the police, please call 911.)
Captain Judith Mack