Please Take Care
This guy is a friend and co-worker-
One of our Argonaut food runners [we had late business Friday night] was walking home down H around 230 Saturday AM. He was walking down H Street [probably the 1300 block]. A group of four guys grabbed him and tried to force him into the alley. He's a young, and very fit guy [used to play football]. He yanked away his arm, at which point they punched him hard and broke his jaw with the first punch. A few punches were exchanged. One of they guys grabbed him and he managed to escape by wriggling out of his two t-shirts and his sweatshirt. He ran [shirtless] to the Rock and Roll Hotel. They called the cops and gave him water. They also gave him a sweatshirt from the lost and found. The four guys reappeared looking for their target, but the door guys scared them off. I left the Argo maybe 20 minutes after this kid. I saw police and an ambulance. Then I saw him leaning against the wall. Then I saw the blood and he explained [sort of, didn't get a complete account until today [from his roommate] because the guy was kind of in shock] of what happened. Really scary. Doctors at the hospital operated and his jaw is wired for the next 4-6 weeks. Thankfully his day job is with the fed gov, so he has insurance. His job also OK'd him working from home while he recovers. By the way, he was totally sober when he left the Argonaut [so this isn't a case of a drunk stumbler being targeted].
In even more disturbing news someone else [it was characterized as happening in the same neighborhood, but I don't know what that means] was mugged and showed up at the hospital. That person was STABBED IN THE CHEEK. Obviously police can't catch/prevent this stuff all the time, but maybe we need increased patrols. Muggings generally, and especially violent muggings are not common around here compared to, say, Columbia Heights. I'd like to make sure that we minimize them. Our area is generally safe, but please do be careful. I'd hate to be reporting on more violent muggings. If anyone has more public info on the second mugging please post it here. If anyone has non-public info on these or other muggings [or possibly saw this group], PLEASE contact the police.
Apparently it was two guys [there was some confusion]. The victim is doing ok, but is very swollen.