Sexual Assault at 4th and G St, NE Wed. Morning

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From MPD:

“MPD’s Sexual Assault Unit is investigating the below described offense, which occurred yesterday morning in the area of 4th and G Streets NE. The First District has deployed officers to the area in an effort to assist the investigating detectives with locating any witnesses or suspects related to this assault. We are also seeking the assistance of the community with locating witnesses to the crime and alerting us to suspicious activity/persons in the area. Please call 911 immediately if you observe a suspicious person in the area or if you see a subject that matches the below description.

Sexual Assault: 400 Block of G Street, NE

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Assault Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in reference to a sexual assault which occurred in the 400 block of G Street, NE.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at approximately 6:25 am, an adult female was walking in the 400 block of G Street, NE when an unknown male grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, early to mid 20’s, 5’-10”, approximately 140 lbs, short hair, beige long sleeve knit shirt, black jeans, black tennis shoes, riding a small black bicycle.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-800-673-2777 and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.”

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  • Once again, the vague term “sexual assault” is used here, which can mean a lot of things, ranging from fondled to rape. So what exactly happened?

    • i was just thinking this myself too.

    • Have some respect for the victim’s privacy.

      • Yes, I get what you’re saying, but as a woman who walks around there at that time quite often, I’d like to know what happened. when there are homicides around town we want to know the details of what happened so we can, among other things, assess the risks and make decisions about our behavior in the future. I don’t see this as different.

        • The primary reason we want details is to determine if the homicide was random, or targeted based on personal or lifestyle (gang-related) reasons. That does not appear to be the case in this attack.

          So what sort of details here would help one assess risk? I give you the credit of assuming that it’s not just morbid curiosity, but I fail to see how they’d be helpful. Would you really avoid the place if she were raped, but take the risk if it were “only” fondling?

          • It could be a butt grab, something that most of us would be weirded out by but just shrug off, or it could be something worse.

          • Please do not trot out the all incidents are equal argument. No one here (I don’t think) is rating the crime, only pondering its severity.

          • let me guess, you are a man?

          • yeah, I would be a LOT more careful in the area if we’re talking rape or serious sexual assault, as opposed to fondling. Rapes aren’t typically a one-time offense for the perpetrator. fondling might not be either, but obviously the ramifications aren’t as serious. So if I know someone was raped on my street by a total stranger, I’d be a LOT more careful when and where I walk when I’m alone. If someone was grabbed, I’d be more vigilant, but a lot less fearful and less likely to change my routine as much.

      • Emmaleigh504

        On the other hand, if the public knew what happened other women who may have been victimized by the same man may come forward.

    • Given the fact that they’re publicizing the incident and looking for information, I’d imagine it was a rape or attempted rape.

  • I’m surprised this could happen– around 6:30 there are a lot of people heading to work, jogging, or out walking their dogs.

  • This is terrifying and horrible. My thoughts are with the victim. I hope this guy is caught SOON.

  • Any sexual assault is deplorable, but I would like a better understanding as to the nature of this assault. Rape is a lot more deplorable than an ass-grab.

    • Uh-huh. The police put out this alert, have deployed officers to look for witnesses, and are asking for public input for a case where a man grabbed a woman from behind and… grabbed her behind, or some other “small” attack.

      That’s a genius deduction.

      • “grabbed her from behind and sexually assaulted her” could be that he grabbed her from behind drug her behind a dumpster and raped her, or just grabbed her from behind and copped a feel until she squirmed away.

        who knows.

        • houseintherear

          please stop. it is gross and inappropriate to be discussing the details of an incident like this. seriously.

        • “Just grabbed her from behind and copped a feel.”


          • CONTEXT.

            relative to being dragged into the alley and raped, yeah its JUST.

            like as in, oh, they just got knocked unconscious and beaten severely, not murdered. JUST. were 10 people attacked or just 3? JUST. see how it’s being used?

            no one is saying that any kind of assault is okay.
            do not think for a second that most of us are not very concerned about this.

    • I agree. As a woman, this is something we have to walk around in fear of. I am not saying men don’t get sexually assaulted, but come on. Of course it would be helpful to know if rapists are running around in this area, or just creepy pervs grabbing asses.

      • I realize that in comparison to a rape, a butt grab might seem inconsequential… but it’s part of the same spectrum of behavior.

        A week or so after I was assaulted, the cops (I’d called them a few minutes after my assault) called me because they thought the kids who’d been involved in the butt-slapping had potentially been involved in a subsequent rape, and were hoping I had a clearer recollection of what they looked like.

        I’m by no means trying to say all assaults are equally serious, but I’m a little troubled by some of the comments. People should be careful about saying that people who grab butts are “just” creepy perverts or that a butt grab is “just” a butt grab. People who commit second-degree sexual assault are not a completely different category from people who commit more serious sexual assaults.

  • A butt grab can be more upsetting than you might think. Several years ago, three teenagers slapped me hard on the rear as they were riding by on bicycles. I was seething with rage for days.

    I was thinking later that it’s a good thing that handguns aren’t allowed in D.C., because if they were and if I’d had one, I probably would have shot the kids, which of course would have been way out of proportion to the offense. That’s how angry and powerless the incident made me feel.

    • Yeah, being touched in any way against your will is upsetting. It sounds to me that this incident was on the more serious side, since it’s being so widely reported.

  • Anon – I had the same thing happen to me. Three teens on bikes, hard slap on the behind. It was so unexpected and didn’t feel like “just” a grope. It left me completely shaken.

  • i hope the woman will be okay.

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