Surveillance footage captured the shocking moment when five men rob a victim at a Washington DC gas station.
The attack reportedly started shortly after 11pm on July 24, when three men, one of whom was on a bicycle, surrounded a victim in front of a car parked near the station.
The video, released Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department, showed the victim trying to run away when one of the suspects grabbed him from behind with a gray backpack.
A conspirator joined the fray and tried to reach into the victim’s pockets while the first man, carrying the backpack, pushed him down.
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Surveillance footage released by the Metropolitan Police Department shows three men approaching a victim, apparently arguing with him
When the victim tried to run away, one of the suspects was seen grabbing him from behind
Another man then seems to get involved and rummages through the victim’s pockets
The first suspect then pulls the man back and forces him to the ground
The suspects began to kick the victim repeatedly, after which a fourth and fifth joined them, who also appeared to be robbing the victim.
After seemingly getting what they wanted, the men were seen leaving the victim on the floor while one of them appeared to yell back at him, and the suspect in the green shirt gave him one last kick before hitting the scene. left.
The Metropolitan Police Department is now asking anyone with information about the attack to call (202) 727 – 9099.
They continue their attack as the driver of the car they were arguing with drives away
In the end, two others appear to join in the apparent attack
When they apparently got what they wanted, they fled
The robbery reportedly happened two days after two men opened fire on diners outside a restaurant in Washington DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood, and a week after a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres was suspended after a shooting just outside the stadium, in which a bystander was caught in the crossfire and injured.
The day before, a 6-year-old girl was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the Congress Heights neighborhood of the nation’s capital.
Nyiah Courtney’s parents were both injured in the shooting, along with three others.
Police have said her father is a suspected member of a local drug gang and may have been targeted. They arrested Marktwen Hargraves, 22, in the shooting last week, and charged him with murder.
Nyiah Courtney, six, was shot and killed on July 16 during a drive-by shooting in Congress Heights, south of the city. On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of Marktwan Hargraves, who has been charged with her murder
A memorial to Nyiah Courtney can be seen in Washington DC, where she was shot on July 16
In total, there are more murders and robberies this year than in the same time last year.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department statistics, the city has seen a 3 percent increase in robberies, with a 20 percent increase in motor vehicle thefts and a slight increase in car thefts – 4,686 reported on Wednesday in 2021, compared to 4,666 in the same period in 2020.
The homicide rate, meanwhile, has risen slightly, with 112 reported this year, compared to 110 reported in the same period last year, when the city’s homicide rate hit its 16-year high.
The number of shootings will also be higher than last year when 198 shootings were reported.
To counter this increase in crime, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that she has asked the city council an additional $11 million to pay for the hiring and training of 20 additional officers in fiscal year 2021 and 150 additional officers in 2022.
With the United States Capitol in the background, a member of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department guards the scene of a shooting outside Nationals Park on July 17
Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington DC, wants to expand the police force with 170 officers, she announced on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) normally hires 250 officers each year, but last year the DC Council decided to pay the police $15 million – much to the mayor’s disapproval.
She said that in the midst of rising crime, she told the MPD to let officers work overtime, but said more needs to be done in the long run.
“At this point, I have instructed MPD to use whatever overtime is necessary to meet our public safety requirements,” Bowser said in a statement on July 29.
“But we know this isn’t a complete solution or the right long-term solution.
“We also know that we need all our officers to be fresh, equipped and in the best position to make good decisions – and that requires full strength to meet all the needs of our community.
“The department is in a good position to take on additional hires and act quickly to close the gap between turnover and hiring, and that’s what this plan will help us do.”