13-year-old Boy Arrested in Southwest Assault

by: Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO
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The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a 13-year-old boy on July 25 for suspected involvement in a fight that happened in the Southwest section of the city on July 22.

Around 3 p.m. on July 22, a teenage boy was walking in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SW when four people attacked him, D.C. police said.

D.C. police said the young man was assaulted along the side of a residence in the area. The boy was punched and kicked “numerous times,” according to police reports.

The suspects fled the scene and the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said. No weapons were used in the altercation.

According to police reports, the victim was involved in a previous fight with one of the suspects.

On July 25, a 13-year-old boy from Southwest was arrested and charged with felony assault in the July 22 altercation.

Local organizations like the New Community for Children in Northwest, which did not work with the 13-year-old who was arrested, provide summer programs for District youth to help keep them engaged and away from violence.

“Our organization provides academic enrichment programming for at-risk youth,” Preston Lindsay, executive director of the nonprofit group, told the AFRO on Aug. 1.

He said the Summer Session program consists of a science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) curriculum, college readiness activities and field trips to museums and amusement parks for free.

“Students are thoroughly engaged,” Lindsay said. “It’s a lot of fun over the summer.”

The program is for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Lindsay said the organization services high poverty schools, whose students are often left behind academically.

“The cool thing about our organization and what we do at our program is we are able to meet the students where they are,” he said.

He said the institution is a safe haven for students, “We keep them safe and they aren’t out on the streets.”

Lindsay said a number of participants are Black children who “don’t live in the best neighborhoods.” He explained that the city’s youngsters are targets for crime, “It’s an unfortunate thing. We want to support them as much as possible, and protect them as much as possible.”

As of Aug. 2, 1,072 juveniles,17-yers-old and younger, who have been arrested in D.C. in 2017.

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