Two Cleveland Park robberies unrelated, say D.C. Police

(WJLA) - A 60-year-old D.C. man is caught on tape as he wheels his groceries along to his condo building on Connecticut Avenue. He then lets a man he doesn’t know inside his home.

The man in the white t-shirt walked towards the elevator as if he belonged there, even though he didn’t. But the resident who got on the elevator with him had no idea, and was later attacked.

We spoke with the victim by phone, and he is still extremely shaken up. The crime took place Tuesday around 12:30 p.m., and there was even a concierge at the front desk.

Once inside the elevator, the victim said the attacker told him he was going to the 10th floor, but instead got off on the victim’s floor. He followed him, and just as he opened the door to his apartment, the stranger pounced and punched him in the eye – forcing him to the ground and robbing him before he escaped.

And here’s another brazen case. The next day, just seven minutes away on Porter Street at 10:30 in the morning, two men broke into a house with a security system, two barking dogs, and three residents inside – including a home nurse, a 93-year-old woman, and her 24-year-old grandson.

The men who climbed through a first-floor window locked up the dogs in separate rooms downstairs and were caught by the nurse in the master bedroom rifling through drawers. They managed to steal an iPad before running out of the house.

These two cases, while unrelated according to D.C. Police, both highlight crime that can happen anywhere to anyone.