The D.C. police announced Wednesday that they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the August shooting of Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr.
D.C. police announced Wednesday they’ve arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the August shooting of Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr.
D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said the teen was arrested in Northeast D.C. earlier Wednesday.
Contee credited tips from the public with identifying the teen, who was 16 at the time of the shooting.
“This is another case of a juvenile with an illegal gun,” Contee said during a news conference Wednesday. “And we continue to see this over and over and over again across our city. Enough is enough. We have to keep guns out of the hands of the youth in our city. And we must hold people accountable for their actions when they turn to violence.”
Robinson, the Commanders rookie, was shot twice in the leg in what police described as an attempted carjacking at 10th and H streets in Northeast D.C. at about 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 28
Two of the suspects brandished guns and attempted to steal Robinson’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, fired two shots and then jumped back into another car and fled the area, according to police.
The teen arrested Wednesday was charged with assault with intent to rob while armed with a gun. He was not identified.
Contee said police don’t believe any of the suspects knew who Robinson was at the time of the shooting.
Police are still seeking two other people in connection with the shooting: the other person with a gun seen at the scene and the person Contee described as the driver of a getaway car.
“Today’s arrest is an example of what happens when the community steps up to share information, and we need the community to do that again with these two other suspects,” Contee said.
Police released a surveillance video footage of the other suspect:
Contee also cited the department’s partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which provides ballistics analysis.
“Violent crimes get solved because of good police work, community involvement and science. All three of those things happened in this case,” the chief said.
Contee added, “This is another case of a juvenile with an illegal gun. And we continue to see this over and over and over again across our city. Enough is enough. We have to keep guns out of the hands of the youth in our city. And we must hold people accountable for their actions when they turn to violence.”
Contee said arrests of juveniles are up over 12% this year, which equates to about 900 arrests of juveniles this year. “That’s a very alarming number.”
Robinson, the third-round pick from last April’s draft was hospitalized and missed the beginning of the season. He was medically cleared to return to practice Oct. 3 and made his NFL debut Oct. 9.
“I really can’t explain the feeling of getting back out on the field,” Robinson said at the time. “Today everything finally came to the light, and I’m just so blessed to be back out there.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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