Three 15-year-olds and one 13-year-old have been arrested in connection to a string of armed robberies that occurred Tuesday morning in Northwest and Northeast D.C., police said.
The robberies took place in a span of just over an hour, authorities said.
In all four incidents, the suspects - one armed with a handgun - approached the victims and demanded property, police said. The victims then complied and the suspects fled in a car.
The first robbery happened at about 8:50 a.m., in the 1500 block of 4th Street NW. Approximately ten minutes later, a second one occurred in the 1200 block of Oates Street NE.
Just before 9:30 a.m., a third holdup happened in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE. The fourth robbery was reported just after 10 a.m. in the 800 block of 12th Street NE, near the H Street corridor.
The teenagers, two from Northeast D.C., one from Southeast D.C., and another from Landover, Maryland, have been charged with four counts of armed robbery.
D.C. has seen a slight increase of 2% in robberies this year, with over 2,020 reported so far, according to Metropolitan Police data. The city has also seen a rise of 8% in motor vehicle thefts.