The Metropolitan Police Department continues its investigation into a series of robberies involving taxicab drivers. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance into the identity of a suspect who may be responsible for these robberies.
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In each incident, the suspect reportedly hails a cab and requests to be taken to a location. Once at that location, the suspect either implied that he had a weapon or displayed a weapon and demanded money. The cases are described as follows:
- September 4, 2009, at approximately 1:30 pm, in the block of <?xml:namespace prefix = u1 /?><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Evarts Street, NE
- September 8, 2009, at approximately 3:30 pm, in the 1500 block of Montana Avenue, NE
- September 10, 2009, at approximately 12 am, in the 2200 bock of 13th Street, NE
- September 17, 2009, at approximately 3:00 pm, in the 1500 block of Channing Street, NE (suspect took the vehicle)
- September 27, 2009, at approximately 10:00 am, in the 1400 block of Hamlin Street, NE
- September 28, 2009, at approximately 12:00 am, in the 1000 block of Douglas Street, NE (displayed handgun)
- October 24, 2009, at approximately 4:30 pm, in the 1200 block of Evarts Street, NE
- October 25, 2009, at approximately 4:30 pm, in the 1500 block of Brentwood Road, NE
- October 26, 2009, at approximately 1:00 am, at 12th and Rhode Island Avenue, NE
This same suspect is also being sought in connection with a robbery of an establishment. In this case the suspect reportedly entered the Lowest Price Gas Station, displayed a knife and demanded money. He then obtained an undetermined amount of cash and fled the scene:
- September 22, 2009, at approximately 2:40 pm, in the 2800 block of 12th Street, NE
The suspect in this case is described as a dark complexioned black male, approximately 35 to 40 years of age, standing between 5’9” and 6” in height. This suspect has a thin build and a goatee.
The Metropolitan Police Department is currently offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these robberies.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIM[E]. Anonymous information may also be forward to the DC Crime Solvers Unit at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided to Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.