DC police arrested a 14-year-old boy in the case, but other suspects were involved.
WASHINGTON – DC Police are still on the lookout for the other suspects involved in a series of kidnappings across the city.
Officials on Tuesday indicted a 14-year-old boy in the case, but his arrest only angered at least one of the victims, who chose to remain anonymous.
He was on his way to find a scooter after leaving a friend’s house on 10th Avenue in Shaw before 3 a.m. when he was attacked.
“Shocked more than anything that 14-year-olds are kidnapped or involved,” he told WUSA9. “I find it tragic more than anything.”
Investigators said last week six people in the first, third and fourth districts were approached by a group of armed men within five days. They were forced into a car when the suspect drove away, police said.
According to investigators, the victims had to give their PIN numbers so that the suspects could steal money using ATMs. Some victims even drove to ATMs to withdraw the cash themselves.
“The first guy pulled a gun at me and two of his friends came over and pulled a bag over my head,” the victim recalled. “They zipped my hands up and drove off in the car. They had a gun with me and said, ‘Shoot this motherf ******’ when I didn’t give the phone PIN, so I did I given the phone PIN. “
The victim said even though the suspects asked for the PIN for his credit card, he couldn’t give it because he couldn’t remember it.
“They threw me into an alley that was still zipped, the car stopped, one of them pushed me out and got out with me,” he recalled. “The car drove off and he held me and told me to count to 30.”
The victim believed that if they weren’t alone, they might not have been targeted. He wants people to know how to easily target them and encourages them to go home in groups or use a rideshare app.
“I’m not going to tell you not to go out at 3 a.m. on a Friday night because I do and I will do it again, but just be smart about the decisions you make,” he added .
According to police, some victims were grabbed, beaten and, in at least one case, hit with a gun. The great fear is that the violence could escalate.
“It’s very unusual for someone to be kidnapped, and that’s exactly what they do – taking people and putting them in a vehicle,” said Commander John Haines of the Metropolitan Police Department. “In at least three of the cases they used so-called zippers to tie people’s hands together. And they blindfolded them.”
Anyone with information on these cases should call the police at (202) 727-9099. In addition, information can be sent to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.
Crime Solvers of Washington, DC, is currently offering up to $ 10,000 in rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.
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