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MPD Arrests Suspect In Cosi Robbery

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested a suspect Thursday for the robbery of the Capitol Hill Cosi coffee and sandwich shop on Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.

The suspect entered the shop at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday and stole $5,750, according to an electronic newsletter published by Police Service Area 108 residents.

MPD officials declined to identify the arrested man, a resident of the city’s Northeast quadrant, but the newsletter stated that police had been seeking a black male wearing a gray sweatshirt and black pants.

Potomac Hike Takes Place This Weekend

Cultural Tourism DC, formerly known as the DC Heritage Tourism Coalition, and Washington Parks & People host a 16-mile hike this weekend exploring the ancient shoreline of the Potomac River.

The extended ramble, which will kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday at Fletcher’s Boat House, will make stops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the U.S. National Arboretum before wrapping up for the day at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Heights Metro. On Sunday, the walk reconvenes at 8:30 a.m. at Lady Bird Park on Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs avenues. It will stop at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, among others, before concluding at sunset with a hike to Poplar Point.

Throughout the duration of the walk, participants can join up with the group at various designated meeting points. For detailed information call Washington Parks & People at (202) 462-7275.

Capitol Hill BID Begins Clean Up Efforts

The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District has deployed cleaning and security personnel to spruce up the neighborhood and assist visitors.

The BID’s “Security Ambassadors” are trained in first aid and CPR, as well as giving directions and customer service. The ambassadors, clad in royal blue, will be present from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays.

The organization has also hired nine “Clean Ambassadors” to provide additional street sweeping and tree box pruning, as well as serving as “eyes and ears” for the Metropolitan Police Department and other city agencies, according to a press release.

The nine employees are involved in the “Willing & Able” program, which aides former homeless substance abusers by providing job training, social services and paid employment.

— Jennifer Yachnin and Bree Hocking

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