Got an email from a reader relating his experience with getting attacked by the kids who hang out by the entrance of the R St exit. He’d like to know if others have had the same problem. I am aware of kids making a nuisence of themselves around the entrance and just figured it was kids being annoying kids, didn’t think that the little booggers would be violent and criminal.
Do you know anything about a group of kids that stands
around the metro at R and 8th and assaults people when
they come out? This happened to me last night
(Saturday) around 10 p.m. I was walking out of the
Metro to an art show opening near 6th and T, and 5 or
more kids (age 13, 14, 15?) were standing on either
side of the metro, a total of maybe 10 or 12 kids.
After we had walked about a half block they ran to
catch up with us. One came up beside me, said “how
you doing?” and hit me in the face with a pipe.
After I recovered, my fiancee helped me to the seven
eleven near there and the very helpful clerks called
emergency services and gave me some napkins. The
medics cleaned me up and the cops took my report, then
gave us a ride to the art show (didn’t want to let it
spoil our night, I would have felt even worse then).
Apparently this is a phenomenon with which some
neighbors are familiar; a 30-40 year old man came by
just after it happened, and seemed angered by it in an
“oh, man, not this again” kind of way – he ran off
after the kids yelling at them. Some of the seven
eleven staff also seemed to have that attitude when we
told them where it happened and that it was a group of
young teenagers (I can’t remember their exact words;
I was groggy and bleeding). Same with the cops.