Thwarted theft sparks queries of vig­i­lan­tism

Killing of Trayvon res­onates in D.C.

The Washington Times Daily - - Front Page - BY AN­DREA NO­BLE

He didn’t want to be a hero. He didn’t want two thieves to make off with his Chrysler Town and Coun­try van ei­ther.

So when a North­east D.C. man over the week­end saw two peo­ple try­ing to pop the door lock of his van with a screw­driver, he sprang into ac­tion. The man video­taped the would-be thieves, ral­lied his neigh­bors to help con­front them and de­tained a young man he caught in­side his van un­til po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested the youth.

Though the in­ci­dent was re­solved quickly with an ar­rest and no se­ri­ous in­juries, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing it has prompted a dis­cus­sion about vig­i­lan­tism among res­i­dents in the Dis­trict.

The Fri­day night in­ci­dent started with a 40-year-old man gaz­ing out the win­dow of his apart­ment near the Fort

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