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Attempted Robbery of Armored Car, 5000 Block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

At approximately 9:07 am, on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, a Brink's Armored Car  was making a delivery to the Wachovia Bank located in the 5000 block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW. As a Brink's guard reportedly was preparing to enter the bank, a lone black male armed with a handgun approached the guard.  The armed guard was able to get back inside of the vehicle with his package, as the suspect opened fire on him. The suspect subsequently fled the area without obtaining anything.  

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During the course of the attempted robbery, the guard, a 53-year-old male, was apparently grazed in the shoe by gunfire.  Reportedly, he did not require medical attention.  A 29-year-old male business owner who was in the process of opening up his store was also reportedly struck by gunfire.  He suffered a non-life threatening wound to his foot and was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released.  The names of these individuals are being withheld because they are witnesses in this case.


The suspect in this case is described as a black male. He was reportedly armed with a handgun and was last observed wearing a black hat, black coat and brown pants. 


The Metropolitan Police Department is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any robbery committed in the District of Columbia.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.