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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.

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  |  May 22, 2010; 12:26 AM ET
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The arrest was made by Capitol Police because the MPD was too busy escorting protesters to a bankers home in Montgomery County.

Posted by: hackstone | May 22, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

DC police are a bunch of corrupt losers. They just want their pensions and benefits. DC is a hell hole because of their incompetence. Oh but wait, they are definitely good at giving those Left turn at 4:01 tickets!

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, these posts show a bitter hatred of the MPD but no idea of Washington. As anyone who has spent any time downtown around the White House knows that during a state dinner the Secret Service, Park Service, Metro police, and the MPD are all over the area around the White House. The fact that this idiot would choose to commit a robbery in that location shows he had no idea what was happening. If he had spent 5 minutes looking around he would have seen enough police to scare him away.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | May 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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