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Preteen’ Crime Increases in DC as Evidenced by 11 Year Old’s Arrest

Carjackings are up 49% this year, after rising for the fifth straight year in 2022. As of May 16, 2023, The D.C. crime rate increased the most by preteens according to Preteen crime is seeing a significant increase with armed robberies, assaults, shoplifting along with carjackings.
Metropolitan police announced today that they arrested an 11-year-old boy for a series of robberies across Northwest D.C. The boy was arrested and charged on Saturday.

Police say the first incident happened on Sunday, May 21, around 3 p.m. in the 700 block of Lamont Street, Northwest. According to an incident report, a man was on his way home from riding his bicycle. The victim told police he placed his bike on his porch and went to open his door when one of the boys said, “I’m going to take the bike,” The victim said, “[No] you’re not,” and the boy pulled a gun from his fanny pack and pointed it at the victim. The victim ran inside his house and did not see which direction the boy went, according to WUSA9.

Police found two boys who came together as an accomplice through the surveillance video and investigated this incident and two other incidents (May 24, and May 26) after this. On May 24, at About 2:30 p.m., at the 700 block of Irving Street Northwest, an assault was reported, and the responding officers learned that two unknown suspects on bicycles approached a victim. The victim heard that one of the suspects said to the other, “Get him” and “Get that.” The victim pushed one of the suspects and ran away. While running away, the victim told the police officer they saw one of the suspects pointing a gun in their direction. The victim threw a rock at the two suspects, and they took off, the incident report says.

On May 26, a robbery was reported at the 400 block of Luray Place Northwest. A suspect approached a man in a car and said, “[Give] me your phone or I’ll shoot you.” The victim handed over his phone to the suspect and the suspect hand back the victim’s phone and demanded the victim’s car keys and phone. The suspect reached his fanny pack as if they were armed. The suspect got in the car but they couldn’t move it, threw the phone, and ran away.

On Saturday, Police arrested an 11-year-old boy for the crimes. He was charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and robbery.

The D.C. government has been demanding that federal employees return back to work in D.C., but many employees who work from home are concerned with the high crime rates recently becoming more prevalent within the city borders. Could they return safely?

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