WASHINGTON (WJLA) – In front of a 7-Eleven near Georgia and Taylor Streets in Northwest Washington, a stun gun robbery happened again.
"It's a new method of robbing people -- instead of shooting them, I guess they feel like using the stun gun," says District resident Marie Brown. "Scary? Yeah."
At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old pizza deliveryman told ABC7 News off-camera that he was at the convenience store with his 20-year-old cousin. He had just gotten off work and was buying some coffee. As he was unlocking his bicycle, three men walked up and ordered them to give up their bikes, money, and cell phones.
Then, the men pulled out a metallic red object that made an electrical spark. It was a stun gun.
"You don't know what someone's health concerns are ,and I imagine a stun gun could definitely be fatal," says concerned area resident Tyler Seeger.
The attackers did not end up using the stun gun because, as the victim told us, he and his cousin decided to give up their bikes to avoid being shocked.
In the past week and a half, there have been half a dozen similar stun gun attacks – a trend that worries resident Charles Williams. He has a bad heart.
Thanks to MPD officers who were nearby when the call for help came out, detectives arrested two people in the attack after being flagged down by the victims. Whether the two suspects are responsible for all of the violent stun gun robberies in recent days is still under investigation.
"This is just a new tactic," says Maurice Butler. "Am I concerned about it? I am always concerned about violence. I am always concerned about crime but, unfortunately, it's a way of life so you have to deal with it."
Michael Moore, 19, of Northeast D.C. was arrested and charged with robbery, and another male suspect was also arrested. However, because his age is still in question, his name is not being publicly released at this time.
Police are still seeking a final suspect described as a black male 6’ to 6’2, 150 to 160 pounds, brown eyes, and long black dreads.
Anyone with information that can assist in the identification of this subject is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099.