A new crime trend is unfolding in Washington, D.C., and some suburbs, too: an increase in armed robberies committed by thugs whose motivation appears to be less about getting money than inflicting pain, says Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy. For even if you comply with demands to hand over your belongings, you are still likely to be assaulted, raped, kidnapped, or killed. Much of this crime is being committed by adolescents. “So far this year, we’ve had a 95 percent increase in juveniles arrested for robberies, and it’s not uncommon to have physical assaults in the process,” said D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey. “Young black males, in groups of five to six, ages 13 to 15, are displaying handguns and beating their victims. We’re dealing with adolescents who have no remorse, no regrets.”
The latest trend in armed robberies includes the most volatile mix in the annals of U.S. crime: black-on-white violence. Juveniles, many of whom have been robbed themselves — ripped off by parents and schools and communities that couldn’t care less about them — have become hardened and increasingly violent.