Updated: Jan. 3, 2020 at 1:47 p.m.
Police responded to an armed robbery near campus Saturday night, seeking to track two suspects who fled with AK-47s, according to a Metropolitan Police Department alert.
The alert states MPD officers are on the lookout for two Black men in their 20s who fled the scene on the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at 8:31 p.m. Saturday. An MPD report states the men drove up next to two pedestrians along the sidewalk outside of 2424 Pennsylvania Ave. before stepping out and pointing rifles at the pedestrians.
The report states that one of the gunmen approached the male pedestrian “without saying anything” and rummaged through his pockets, taking his belongings and backpack as the other suspect took the female pedestrian’s bag containing additional property. The suspects proceeded to return to their vehicles, listed as a gray Nissan Altima with temporary tags and a black Lexus SUV, before fleeing the scene eastbound, according to the report.
“This case remains under active investigation,” MPD spokesperson Alaina Gertz said in an email. “If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call (202) 727-9099 or text our anonymous tip line at 50411.”
The report states the gunmen stole more than $2,700 worth of property, including $1,900 in cash and an iPhone 11.
Police also contacted a male witness who heard yelling, prompting him to spot the suspects with pointed rifles, according to the report. The report states the witness turned and walked westbound to distance himself from the gunmen.
GW also issued an alert about the incident to students at 9:28 p.m., instructing them to avoid the area and stating that MPD officers are investigating the crime.
One suspect was wearing a red and black jacket and black jeans, according to the University’s alert. No description could be provided for the other suspect.