A student was forcefully robbed on the street as she walked to her on-campus home at about 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Police on-scene said a male with short hair grabbed her purse near 24th and G streets and ran down the street. The student said the man initially approached her from the side and spent about 15 seconds wrestling her for the purse. Her name is being withheld because she is the alleged victim of an assault and fears she could be identified.
The suspect then stopped at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, where he met another man with dreadlocks. They extracted a wallet from the purse, and fled down 23rd Street. Witnesses attempted to chase the men, and police later found the emptied wallet on a platform at the Foggy Bottom Metro station.
The suspects are between 17 and 20 years old and have not been apprehended, said Metropolitan Police Department Officer John Thurmond. No injuries were reported on the scene.
The victim said there were a lot of people in the area, and only several attempted to catch the two men.
“It’s disheartening to see that in an intersection where there’s a significant amount of people, only three to five took action,” she said. “And I’m really thankful for those that did.”
She added she was shocked that this type of crime could happen in the early evening while many people are still on the street.
“I think the bottom line is that every student should be aware of themselves at any time of the day, because I’ve always felt considerably safe on campus until today,” she said.