Police investigating wave of armed robberies in D.C.

WASHINGTON — There is growing concern over what’s being described as a surge of armed robberies in certain parts of the District.

On Sunday night, for example, an incident occurred in a section of the city thought to be relatively safe.

Shortly after 9 p.m., police say a group of teenagers tried to rob a young man at knife point — in the 4400 block of Davenport Street, right off River Road in Northwest.

Officers say the man was walking home when as many as 10 teenage boys approached him. They allegedly put a knife to his stomach and said they would take anything he had. The teens were described as black males in a police report.

“Don’t make any noises [or] we are going to put you down,” the teenagers said, according to a police report.

The man wasn’t hurt. One of the teens patted him down and discovered he only had keys in his pockets. “You can have these back,” one of the teens said, before they all fled the scene.

The man told his parents about the incident once he got home.

Police are calling it assault with a deadly weapon. There have been armed robberies in Capitol Hill and Navy Yard.

In October, a man robbed Sarah Pitluck in Capitol Hill, taking her phone and scratching her in the process. In another incident, a victim was talking on a cellphone when he was approached and pushed to the ground.

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