Fe­male sus­pects in rob­beries

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION - BY AL­LI­SON KLEIN AND MARTIN WEIL kleinal­li­son@wash­post.com weilm@wash­post.com

Groups of girls or women car­ried out two rob­beries Fri­day night in the District and at­tempted a third, D.C. po­lice said. Po­lice said three teenagers were ar­rested.

The first rob­bery, in­volv­ing five fe­males, oc­curred about 9 p.m. near the Benning Road Metro sta­tion, po­lice said.

Three hours later, said Of­fi­cer Araz Alali, a po­lice spokesman, five women punched and kicked an­other woman in the 500 block of Rhode Is­land Av­enue NE and took her smart­phone and her purse. The woman had been walking from the nearby Rhode Is­land Av­enue Metro sta­tion, au­thor­i­ties said.

On a neigh­bor­hood e-mail fo­rum, po­lice said their search took them to an apart­ment house nearby in the 600 block of Edge­wood Street NE, where a young man had been pushed against a wall in an at­tempt to rob him.

Three fe­male teenagers were ar­rested on rob­bery and as­sault charges, po­lice said on the fo­rum.

It was not clear if the Benning Road in­ci­dent was con­nected with the later two.

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