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DC police searching for person of interest in 2 robberies near Howard University

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Person of interest sought in armed robberies in the 500 block of T Street, NW and the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW (Metropolitan Police Department) Person of interest sought in armed robberies in the 500 block of T Street, NW and the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW (Metropolitan Police Department)
Person of interest sought in armed robberies in the 500 block of T Street, NW and the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW (Metropolitan Police Department) Person of interest sought in armed robberies in the 500 block of T Street, NW and the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW (Metropolitan Police Department)

D.C. police are looking for help in identifying a person of interest in two street robberies that took place near the campus of Howard University last month.

Investigators have obtained two photographs of a tattooed, shirtless man they would like to interview.

The photographs look like the kind of snapshots you would see on a friend’s Facebook page. A man smiling, seemingly having a good time somewhere.

Although D.C. Police have declined to say how they obtained the photos, they don’t appear to have come from a surveillance camera.

Investigators want to talk to the man about a robbery that took place on Sunday, October 21 in the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW, just off the campus of Howard University, as well as a stick-up that went down a few blocks away the day before.

According to a police report and one of the victims, five men, all friends, had just left a party at Howard University’s homecoming and were walking in the 500 block of T Street when two men with shotguns ordered them to the ground. They stole four wallets, three cell phones, a watch and $840 in cash. The victim says the men then jumped into a dark-colored Nissan and headed that way toward 5th Street.

Jana Baldwin is an activist in LeDroit Park, the neighborhood adjacent to the university, and where the robberies took place. She says street robberies are a major concern.

"I don't think people are as aware as they could be,” said Baldwin. “Some people I think choose to ignore messages, so I think the police department can be more clear and strategic in the way they are putting out their messages.”

Baldwin says she would like to see the police make better use of social media in alerting residents to danger. And she has another idea.

"If police and citizens had some kind of a quick flyer or even a business card that you could hand off, hand along, (with the words) ‘Did you know this is happening?’ That could be helpful.”

D.C. Police were unable to give FOX 5 updated numbers on robberies in the city. A new crime mapping system is being installed and officials did not have access to the current numbers.

If you know the man in the photos, you are asked to call police at 202-727-9099.


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