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In Anacostia, a holiday party hold-up

A D.C. resident has shared a harrowing tale of neighborhood crime -- with a holiday twist -- on a District blog.

On Friday night, David Garber wrote on the Anacostia Now blog, Garber was hosting a party at his house on the 1500 block of V St. SE. Revelers brought their favorite alcohol, the iPod was playing tunes and, despite the falling snowflakes, he had a nice turnout.

As the crowd dwindled to about 35 people or so, he wrote, four men burst into the house, wearing ski masks and one of them brandishing a gun. Using colorful language, the robbers demanded that everyone empty their pockets.

To learn more about what happened, read Garber's account on the Anacostia Now blog.

Garber also e-mailed neighbors and Assistant Chief Diane Groomes about the incident, which prompted a response from Detective Lieutenant Andre Wright of the Seventh police district. Wright pledged that he would keep neighbors informed as the case moved forward and the area woud receive more police attention.

"Please try the best you can to enjoy your holidays, we will remain vigilant for you and your love ones," Wright wrote.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 21, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Personal Safety , The Criminal Mind , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Comments

How sad is that? Not even a crowd of people scares these thugs. God help us all.

Posted by: brandip_77 | December 21, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Nothing good comes out of that neighborhood, not to mention ward.

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 21, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Once people in DC exercise their rights to own weapons and surprise a few of these thugs with firepower, crime in ward 8 will decrease.

Posted by: loved1 | December 22, 2009 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Ahh...Anacostia. It's like Paris in the springtime. So civilized & elegant. So many smart & sophisticated people walking around the neighborhood.

Posted by: uncivil | December 22, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad all the blue people think they are safer in their so called well protected neighborhoods. When history repeat it self all of you non-native Washingtonian will be force to leave your over price housing and will have to flee back to the suburs.

The native are getting restless and cannot go without jobs and income but for so much longer its a matter of time before all of you blue people will be forced to empty your pockets.

So speak ill of Anacostia for now your safe haven will be next once the natives awake and realize job discrimination exist only the African American households.


Posted by: blkisin | December 22, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad all the blue people think they are safer in their so called well protected neighborhoods. When history repeat it self all of you non-native Washingtonian will be force to leave your over price housing and will have to flee back to the suburs.

The native are getting restless and cannot go without jobs and income but for so much longer its a matter of time before all of you blue people will be forced to empty your pockets.

So speak ill of Anacostia for now your safe haven will be next once the natives awake and realize job discrimination exist only in the African American households.


Posted by: blkisin | December 22, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Race aside, a person should be able to host a party or otherwise just enjoy being in their home without being robbed at gunpoint. If unemployment were high for another group of people, that shouldn't be justification for them running up in my house anymore than these dudes running up in this guy's house.

I'm thinking about Christmas morning when we throw our annual Christmas Brunch at our home and what kind of scene it would be if someone thought to target me and mine...being unemployed would be the least of their worries especially if I saw them coming...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 22, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

A few bad criminals do not describe our entire ward or neighborhood. Many good things, and great people come out of Anacostia, Ward 8 including myself and my 2 honor roll students. Just like all neighboorhoods have bad apples that do not reflect the bunch, so do we.

I suggest you move back across the bridge where you may feel safer. In Anacostia some of the bad apples will pick on those that don't think belong over the bridge remember that.

Posted by: love2much SE | December 22, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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