Northwest D.C. armed robberies "person of interest" sought

MPD detectives released two photos of a suspect in the October robberies. Photo: MPD

D.C. police are looking for a person of interest in connection with two armed robberies that happened near Howard University in Northwest Washington late last month.

Police say that on Oct. 20, three suspects, two of which were armed with guns, approached four victims shortly before 5 a.m. in the 500 block of T Street and robbed them, police say.

"There's really no fear like being on the opposite side of a barrel of a gun barrel and you have no idea who the person is on the other side of it,” said one of the victims, who declined to be identified.

The victim is a 28-year-old Howard alumni and is now a law student in Wisconsin. He and four other friends were walking home on T Street after a party at the Howard Theater when he says three men with masks jumped out of a car and pointed a shotgun at his friend's chest.

"It happened so quickly, all I could think of was, you know, you know give these guys what they want," the victim says.

The trip to Howard's homecoming was a first for his 28-year-old friend from New York. The suspects were reportedly unafraid of robbing a group of five adult men.

The five friends handed over wallets, iPhones, and watches worth more than $2,500. When the gunmen left, police say they drove just a few blocks away to 2nd Street and robbed another four people walking together just off Howard's campus.

In both incidents, police say the suspects were wearing all dark clothing and armed with shotguns. They were driving a 2006-2008 Nissan Altima or Maxima with tinted windows and a D.C. tag that begins with “D.”

Anyone with information about these cases are asked to call police at (202) 727-9099.