I share this because a lot of the "Swimming in Quicksand" readers live in Georgetown. It was sent to me after it appeared on the Georgetown Forum ListServe. It was posted by a woman who described herself as a "mother from Wesley Heights." I'm reprinting it, verbatim:
I want to make everyone aware as I know there are many others with young children in the neighborhood.
I took my young daughter to a music class this morning, near the intersection of Wisconsin and Q Street NW. At around 10:30am, I had just gotten her buckled back into her car seat when a group of what seemed to be teenagers started rushing up on me, trying to surround us and our SUV.
We were parked around 33rd St NW and Wisconsin Ave, NW (close to the A Mano store and Gtwn library). I turned quickly as I saw three additional young men headed quickly towards us and was able to slam the door and lock the car, outmaneuvering them as I raced to the other side. By some miracle I was able to jump into the other side of the car, again locking it behind me and evade one of the teens as he tried to get into the car.
As I tried to get out of the parking spot and get away from them, one grabbed what seemed to be a large rock and jumped up on the car and smashed it through my sun roof. Luckily, the cover on the inside of the roof was still closed and none of the glass rained down on us as it would have otherwise. I blared on the horn and they all ran off and I was able to get away with my daughter, to safety.
For those of you that have young children and must buckle them into car seats, please be extra careful and check your surroundings as you do this. I was digging around in the diaper bag looking for snacks when this happened to me, and I'll never make that mistake again.
Note: While I use a "crime scene" photo to illustrate this post, there's no indication the police were involved.