Georgetown area sees two armed robberies within two weeks

At approximately 1:43 a.m. on Feb. 3, the Domino’s Pizza, located in the 3200 block of Prospect, was robbed. The six armed suspects were dressed in all black clothing and were wearing masks, according to a Public Safety Alert GUPD sent out. Georgetown students, however, received the email alert at 10:50 a.m., almost nine hours after the crime took place.

GUPD Chief Jay Gruber said some internal communication errors prevented the email alert from being sent out as quickly as the Department would have hoped. “We don’t have to get [The Public Safety Alert] out immediately like a HOYAlert, but we would prefer to have that out a little earlier in the morning so when the student, faculty, and staff wake up…they would have that information available to them.”

GUPD did not, however, feel the need to send out a HOYAlert text message about the robbery, according to Gruber. The Department concluded that the crime itself occurred far enough away from campus in addition suspects’ away from campus towards Wisconsin. “We didn’t feel that our community here was at risk—it was an establishment robbery as opposed to a street robbery,” he said.

The Domino’s was likely targeted for its anticipated undeposited cash revenue leftover from Super Bowl pizza orders earlier that evening, Gruber said.

A different armed robbery took place nearly two weeks earlier on Jan. 21 when a Georgetown University student was robbed at gunpoint near the 3400 block of N Street, according to a different Public Safety Alert. The encounter occurred at nearly the identical time as the Domino’s robbery, 1:50 a.m., when three male suspects stole the student’s backpack.

According to Gruber, there have been no additional developments with this specific case. “The [Metropolitan Police Department] is the lead agency in investigating this crime, and to date, they haven’t provided us with any information indicating any further leads,” he said.

Vox will continue to keep you updated on any new information regarding these crimes.

Photo: Victoria Pickering via Flickr

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