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Guardian Angels take action against D.C. robbery spree

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As of Monday, there have been 625 robberies on D.C. streets since January 1st. That’s 625 reasons in just two months to be on alert.

The Guardian Angels patrol some of the city's meanest streets to keep the peace. (Photo: John Hendel/TBD)

And the numbers keep going up.

The latest crimes spanned across the city and several, like the attack near the Greyhound Bus station in northeast just before 10 Tuesday morning, were at gunpoint.

In response to the more than 625 robberies, D.C. police arrested more than 150 people in just the last two months. The department put 250 extra officers both on patrol and undercover in its battle against an ongoing surge in crime.

Guardian Angels join the fight

A local group is also joining efforts to stop an ongoing robbery spree in the District.

Tuesday morning, the Guardian Angels gathered outside the New York Avenue Metro Station where they handed out fliers with safety tips.

“It makes me feel somewhat unsafe and the need to be extremely careful," said Jean Mammen, Northwest resident.

Many say they’re already being extra cautious while there out and about.

“My wife was walking back from Mazza Gallery the other night and I had her called before she left, so I'd know when to expect her,” said Patrick Scott, Northwest resident. “I wouldn't normally do that."

The D.C. Chapter of the Guardian Angels are looking for new members. Qualified volunteers must be over the age of 16.

The group will hold free self-defense training classes on Saturday at 1 p.m., located on the 5th floor at 2300 Martin Luther King Avenue in Anacostia.

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