14-year-old boy arrested after string of armed robbery-kidnappings

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested following a series of armed robbery-kidnappings throughout the District, D.C. police said Wednesday.

The teen, from Southeast, has been charged with multiple counts of kidnapping while armed and robbery.

Police are still looking for other suspects. On Monday, they said they were looking for three or four people in the brazen and violent armed kidnappings.

Since Tuesday, Aug. 24, at least six people have been robbed in similar fashion, according to John Haines, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, with D.C. police. The kidnappings took place late at night or early in the morning when the victims were alone. Most of the victims were walking, but one was on an electric scooter, he said.

The kidnappers, who are armed with a handgun, have struck on Capitol Hill, near Logan Circle and in Petworth. In some cases, the victims were blindfolded and their hands were bound with zip ties, Haines said.

“Essentially, they were blindfolding them in different ways, presented a handgun, forcing them into a vehicle and then taking them on a short drive around the city, taking their credit cards, cash, identification and phone cards,” he said.

The robbers were also able to gain the victims’ bank account information to withdraw money from stolen ATM cards.

The FBI is assisting D.C. police with the case.

D.C. police said they’re looking for three or four Black men, possibly 20 to 29 years of age. One is described to have a curly, high-top fade hairstyle.

Some of the suspects were captured by nearby cameras. In one of the videos, one of the suspects can be seen on camera fanning what appeared to be a large assortment of cash.

See photos and video below.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. Info can be submitted to the D.C. police tip line by sending a text message to 50411.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information.

WTOP’s Jack Moore contributed to this report.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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