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Crime spree in Fort Totten park gets attention

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A crime spree near the Fort Totten Metro station has gotten the attention of a lawmaker on Capitol Hill.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joined community leaders in a walk along a footpath where several people have been robbed at gunpoint recently.

Neighbors say the footpath between Gallaway and Gallatin Streets hasn't always been dangerous, but it is now.

"People get mugged, maybe beat up," Charles Scott says.

Anthony Lott says it is just too secluded and overgrown.

"Put some light out here," Lott says "It is dark at nighttime."

And now, even daylight isn't a deterrent for crime here. The two most recent muggings, both at gunpoint, happened at 8:30 a.m. and 2:54 p.m.

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has heard the complaints too and joined Norton on the walk to see how safety could be improved.

"We're looking into temporary lighting and other remedies of that kind," says Norton.

Long-term solutions are also in the works.

"Trying to provide better lighting, a paved surface and better visibility around the park," says McDuffie.

For now, people are urged to go around the park and stay out of the woods, even during the day.

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