Two children, aged 9 and 13, have been arrested in Washington, DC, after attempting to rob a woman at knifepoint.
The Metropolitan Police Department said the incident occurred Friday, January 26, 2024, at approximately 12:40 a.m.
The suspects have not been publicly named, likely due to their ages.
According to a press release from the department, one of the suspects assaulted the victim and attempted to grab her purse.
The victim, who also has not been publicly named, pepper-sprayed one of the suspects to try and ward them off.
At this point, the other suspect pulled out a knife and “lunged at the victim multiple times.”
MPD Arrests 9-year-old and 13-year-old for attempting to rob a woman with a knife.
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Luckily, the victim was able to call 911.
Both of the children were arrested at the scene.
The juveniles have both been charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Robbery While Armed (Knife).
The Daily Caller reports:
MPD has recently reported that D.C. witnessed a 39% surge in violent crimes in 2023. Overall crime spiked by 26% compared to 2022, while arson offenses rose by 175% and violent robbery increased by 67%.
Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stated in February 2023 that the city was short 800 police officers and would take more than a decade to refill the empty positions.
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