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Police Seek Suspect in Columbia Heights Armed Robbery

Police were working to determine if a string of armed robberies on late Sunday and early Monday are connected

Police asked the public for help identifying an individual suspected in the gunpoint robbery of a man.

A photo of the suspect was released Tuesday, more than a day after the victim was robbed of a phone charger in the lobby of a building in D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood.

The victim told police he was walking through the front door of a building on the 1600 block of Irving Street NW about 3 a.m. Monday when two suspects came up behind him. The two robbers pushed the victim into the lobby of the building and gestured for him to stay quiet, the victim told police.

One of the robbers pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and the other held a knife to the victim, he told police. 

The victim said he began to struggle more as the robbers pushed him further into the lobby. The suspect continued to point the gun at the victim's neck as he went through his pockets, the victim said. The robbers took a phone charger.

The victim says he screamed for help and the two robbers ran down Irving Street and into a nearby alley.

News4 reported that police were working to determine if this robbery was connected to three other armed robberies over five hours Sunday night and Monday morning in the Columbia Heights neighborhood area.

Another robbery victim was walking with his dog, Lola, on Holmead Place about 10 p.m. Sunday. Three men walked up to him, holding a gun and demanding he empty his pockets. The victim tells News4 he decided to comply. The suspects began following him home and threatened to kill his dog.

The sound of sirens appears to have scared them off.

Three people robbed a man on the 3600 block of 14th Street NW. According to the police report, he resisted and they punched him in the face, cut him on the lip with a knife and stole his wallet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

three other armed robberies over five hours Sunday night and Monday morning in the same area.
Three people robbed a man on the 3600 block of 14th Street NW. According to the police report, he resisted and they punched him in the face, cut him on the lip with a knife and stole his wallet.
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