If anyone wants to borrow a very scary looking but secretly lovable pit bull when they go for runs - he's always down for more than his dad can give him, and we're not too far away from the trail. You just have to give him back.
Fair warning though, if actual trouble happens he is a giant pansy, unless that trouble involves other dogs. He's more of a deterrent with nothing to back it up, like one of those ADT signs in the yard when you don't actually have the system.
Yet another armed robbery on the Metropolitan Branch Trail last week in broad daylight at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
The point has been made that the more people who use the trail, the safer it would be, but it seems that we are really, really far from that tipping point. Its so unfortunate as the trail could be an excellent resource.
I think there were actually two assaults on the same day, back in June.
Many additional attacks since this thread was last updated. With the warmer weather, I thought it might be good to get the word out to new members and those who do not know the character of this trail.
The scariest takeaway is that these attacks mostly occur in broad daylight and are often gratuitously vicious.
There are probably many more, but here are few quotes from articles in the Post to let you assess for yourself what you are getting into if you decide to use this trail:
Yesterday (2/27/15): A pedestrian was beaten and robbed Wednesday night on the Metropolitan Branch Trail near W Street NE. Police said three men punched, kicked and knocked down the victim , then took personal items and fled.
6/17/14: District police arrested a 14-year-old boy Tuesday in connection with an attack and attempted sexual assault Monday afternoon along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington. The attack occurred about noon Monday in the 1800 block of 4th Street NE. Police said the youth tried to sexually assault the victim.
6/24/14: A 16-year-old knocked a woman off her bicycle along the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Monday evening around 5:15 p.m.and demanded her belongings, robbing her of her purse.
8/28/14: The robbery on the Metropolitan Branch Trail occurred about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday near R Street, about two blocks north of New York Avenue. Police released few details but said the robbery was committed with a gun.
11/7/14: A bicyclist was attacked on the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Wednesday night by a robber who got away with just $5. The woman was riding the trail home work about 6 p.m.
11/1/13: A charter school teacher walking on the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington was beaten and robbed Thursday night by a large group of assailants, according to D.C. police.
Four robberies on or near the MBT last weekend. All at knife point. Sucks.
Just an update since warmer weather is upon and the Metropolitan Branch Trail hasn't been talked about much lately. It could be such a jewel for DC, but instead it is a blemish (to put it mildly).
There were three attacks just before the onset of winter:
Three robberies on, near Metropolitan Branch trail in NE Washington
And just last week, another robbery by a gang on the trail that included, as seems to be the norm for robberies on MBT, a beating. A passing cyclist was shoved into a railing, then attacked and robbed by a gang of 15 individuals.
The attack was in broad daylight and gratuitously violent, as many are on the MBT. Be safe!
Thanks for the update. The trail goes through some rough neighborhoods. Avoid!