Saturday, August 12, 2006

Mall Robbers Arrested

Here is some good news.

The five robbers who frightened and assaulted tourists on the Mall in recent months were a group of young neighborhood friends who rode the Metro to a site they thought was a "sweet spot," officials said yesterday.

U.S. Park Police have charged the District residents, ages 16 to 22, with crimes related to five incidents on the Mall in which 12 tourists were attacked, some of them viciously, in May and July. Officials said the suspects were traced through credit cards and a stolen cellphone.
I would not advise walking on the Mall alone at night now, but it is good to know that this particular group is off the streets.