WaPo Buries Race, Gender Of ‘Youths’ Who Went On DC Robbery Spree


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Steve Birr Vice Reporter
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The Washington Post buried the race and gender descriptions of individuals involved in a string of violent robberies on Halloween night in Washington, D.C.

Mobs of teenagers committed four violent robberies on the streets of Northwest, D.C., in affluent neighborhoods that are relatively crime free Monday night. Descriptions of most of the assailants remain vague, however one victim described one of her attackers as a roughly 18-year-old black female, standing roughly five feet five, thin and with black hair, according to The Washington Post.

Another victim of one of the mob robberies described a six feet tall male in their late teens, wearing a ski mask. It is unclear if the robberies are related, but the location and timing of the attacks make it possible.

In their profile of the robbery spree, The Washington Post details each incident but declines to discuss descriptions of the suspects until the end of the story.

The first robbery took place on Pennsylvania Avenue near Washington Circle. At roughly 10:05 p.m. police responded to robbery reports on Cathedral and Connecticut Avenue. Officers with the MPD said roughly 10 to 15 teenagers were involved. Shortly after roughly 15 to 20 teenagers committed a robbery on 29th Street in Woodley Park, attacking a woman as she exited her vehicle.

The robberies all involved groups of 10 to 20 teenagers. In the fourth robbery an assailant punched a victim from Georgetown University in the back of the head. The group of roughly 15 to 20 teens proceeded to punch and kick him, taking his wallet, two backpacks and smashing his laptop on the ground. Authorities took the unidentified student to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

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