Man arrested near White House while robbing person at ATM, police say
As the White House state dinner was in full swing down a few blocks away Wednesday night, the Secret Service, according to a D.C. police account, “observed a subject committing an armed robbery of a citizen at an ATM.”
The agents did not merely make the observation, D.C. police said in a statement. “The agents interrupted the robbery.” D.C. police officers went to the scene, and immediately recognized the man who had been taken into custody, police said.
They identified him as John Fenley Woodland, 44.
Police said they had already obtained an arrest warrant for Woodland, for whom no address was given. The warrant, which was obtained May 18, was in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW on May 5.
Police said the May 5 robbery was one of at least 10 robberies at ATMs that show similarities to each other and that may be related.
Woodland has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, police said. They said they are continuing to investigate him in connection with the other robberies.
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