Car Chase Follows Hill Robbery

Posted May 21, 2007 at 6:30pm

A brazen afternoon robbery of two Capitol Hill tourists just two blocks from the Hart Senate Office Building led to a winding car chase through Northeast Washington, D.C., a local teenager being sent to the hospital and no arrests as of early Monday evening.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday, a Capitol Police patrol officer witnessed two black males jump into a green Chrysler 300 after robbing what turned out to be two tourists on the 300 block of Maryland Avenue, near the Senate page dormitory.

According to Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but a car chase ensued that eventually involved the Metropolitan Police Department. That chase ended near 10th and I streets Northeast, after the suspects ran down a local teenage boy who was crossing the street on his way to work. After hitting the boy, the suspects exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot before officers could make an arrest.

The teenager was transported to Howard University Hospital with “noncritical injuries,” according to Schneider, and Capitol Police and MPD officials had not made any arrests by deadline Monday.

The robbery comes after a particularly busy weekend for criminals on Capitol Hill. According to an Internet group that tracks crime in the Capitol Hill community, some 15 robberies took place in the area from Friday through Sunday. Several involved daylight attacks and multiple armed assailants.

The attack on the Capitol Hill tourists was classified as a robbery involving force and violence, Schneider said, and Capitol Police and the MPD were attempting to see if the abandoned vehicle could be connected to any other local robberies or incidents in the area.

Meanwhile, the search for the two suspects continued.

“I’d love to find these guys tonight,” Schneider said.