Robbery isn't necessarily the most uncommon crime committed in the District of Columbia.
When a likely 12-year-old boy is the suspect, though, it's a different story.
It happened, though, on Wednesday afternoon on Eads Street Northeast, MPD officials say. In a tweet sent after the robbery was reported, MPD officials said that a robbery with a gun had been committed by a boy they believe to have been 12.
ROBBERY GUN_1300 HRS-4900 B/O EADS PL NE_LOF/ 12 YEAR OLD WEARING RED SHIRT /3743DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 24, 2013
According to Peter Hermann of the Washington Post, the victim told authorities that the young man pointed a gun at him and tried to snatch his cell phone.
A D.C. police official told Hermann that, unfortunately, "it's not out of the norm" for younger suspects to be involved in these cases.