All three incidents involved a lone man on a bicycle, approaching unsuspecting pedestrians and snatching property from their hands.
The MPD described the incidents this way:
- The first incident occurred at approximately 5:30 pm in the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue. The female victim was walking south when she was approached by a male perpetrator riding a bicycle. The male snatched the victims wallet from her hand and continued fleeing on the bike, last seen turning westbound onto Q Street from Wisconsin Ave. The suspect is described as a dark-complected black male with a thin build, approximately 20-30 years old. He was wearing a bright yellow jacket with dark colored pants. The victim described the bicycle he was operating as the type youth would ride due to it having pegs in the area of the rear wheel axle.
- The second incident occurred at approximately 6:40 pm, in the 3500 block of R Street. (Note: this incident occurred within 1000 ft. of The Duke Ellington School for the Arts) The male victim was walking when he was approached by a male perpetrator on a bike. As the perpetrator approached, he snatched the victim's I-phone from his clutch. The perpetrator attempted to flee, however, the victim gave pursuit grabbing the wheel of the bicycle causing the perpetrator to flip off and subsequently drop the stolen phone. The victim recovered his phone while the perpetrator was able to make good his escape upon the bike. The suspect in this incident is described as a black male, with a short thin build, approximately 20 - 30 years old, wearing dark clothing.
- The last incident occurred at approximately 6:50 pm, near the intersection of M St. & Thomas Jefferson St. The female victim was waiting at the bus stop perusing her I-phone. At this moment a male perpetrator riding a bicycle snatched the phone from her hand. The perpetrator fled south on Thomas Jefferson St., last seen riding east on K Street. The suspect in this incident was described as a black male wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with any information concerning the above incidents is asked to contact the Second District Detectives Office on 202-730-1903, or our Command Information Center on 202-727-9099.