Popular Store Owner Beaten, Robbed in Broad Daylight

Suspects in Violent Robbery Still at Large

By Pat Collins and Tonya LaFleur
|  Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Popular Store Owner Beaten, Robbed

Photos and Videos

Popular Store Owner Beaten, Robbed

"He is the life, soul and spirit of H Street." Friends and fellow merchants react to the violent robbery of a popular storeowner in Northeast.
More Photos and Videos

A man credited with helping to revitalize D.C.’s Atlas District was violently attacked in his store Wednesday. 

Mo Abdi owns a Euro-style clothing store on H Street N.E. Two men came into the store in the middle of the day, tied him up, pistol-whipped him, and then took off with cash and bags full of clothes.

Several women at a nearby salon rushed to help Abdi after his ordeal. "He said two guys came in with guns and they took everything from him," said a stylist who goes by Hunnora.

"And I just tried to help him," said another stylist, who wished to be identified as Lisa. "I went and got some rags and towels and tried to wipe the blood off of him."

The violence hits hard for many who live and work along H Street because of the recent work done to revitalize the area. Several new bars, restaurants and shops have popped up. There is also new streetcar construction to make it easier for people to get to the businesses. 

"Mo is actually the life and soul and spirit of H Street,” said Stephen Hessler, Abdi’s friend, neighbor and lawyer. "He’s put his heart and soul into this business; (this crime) is unspeakable."

The two suspects are still at large. One of them is described as "basketball tall." He stood about 6 foot 8 inches and wore a multi-colored hat.

Abdi is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
 

"He's our neighbor and we don't want anybody to get hurt like that," said Ms. Lewis, another stylist.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
NBC4's Camp4Kids
NBC4 launched Camp4Kids in 1993,... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out