MPD Looking for Suspect in Stabbing Attacks “suspect responsible for attacking women”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect responsible for attacking women. Detectives are investigating four recent incidents that appear to be similar in nature. In each incident, a male subject approached a woman while she was alone and stabbed or cut her with an unknown sharp object. In some cases the suspect fled when the victim screamed. The victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Detectives are investigating the following incidents:

Sunday, May 5, 2013, at approximately 11:15 pm, an adult female was exiting her vehicle in the 400 block of Emerson Street NW, when a male suspect approached her and began stabbing her. The suspect fled when he saw a male witness. The suspect was wearing a dark hooded track suit with a large horizontal white stripe on the chest, and a yellow stripe on the sleeve.

Monday, June 10, 2013, at approximately 10:30 pm, an adult female was in the 1300 block of Decatur Street NW, when a male suspect grabbed her from behind and stabbed her. The suspect then fled. He was wearing yellow and black shirt with dark pants.

Friday, June 14, 2013, at approximately 12:05 am, an adult female was walking in the unit block of Adams Street NW, when a male suspect grabbed her from behind. The victim resisted and the suspect stabbed her and fled.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at approximately 12:15 am, an adult female was walking in the 1100 block of Allison Street NW, when a suspect approached her from behind and tackled her to the ground. The suspect produced a sharp object, cut the victim, and fled.

The suspect is described as being a black or Hispanic male with a light to medium complexion, short brown hair, and is 5-feet-8-inches to 6-feet-1-inches tall, with a slim athletic build. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • Well this is scary. Sort of reminds me of the random hammer attacks that were happening in Petworth a couple of years ago.

  • Around 7:45 this morning I was walking just south on Georgia Avenue at Buchannan at Georgia Avenue and about 8 cops (some undercover) ran out of an apartment building and into their cars, sirens on, and speed west on Allison Street. One of the cops yelled “He can’t get to far’. Wondering if it’s related to these assaults.

  • Sounds like Petworth is going crazy!

  • I thought I was moving away from this crap, but one of those is right on my new block. Not cool. So yeah, about those cameras going up on my new house.

  • Vomit. Hope we can have a props to the cops very soon!!

    Anyone know if the women are ok?

  • This sounds like the guy they recently caught in Virginia. He was going around cutting women with a box cutter. Maybe someone decided that it sounded like fun.

  • This is pretty scary. Not sure the city can keep up its economic development pace if the “newcomers” have to live in perpetual fear, seems like POP keeps posting them one after the other, and at a faster clip than last year. Granted, this is information and not data, but it’s impact is still relevant. I’m always on the fence about packing it up, and with the market is as high as it is, my house would move fast or rent faster. Maybe transitional neighborhoods are for heartier people than myself, or at the very least they are better fits for big men who can fight back.

    • maybe this sounds similarly non-hearty, but all of these crimes happened after 10 pm, on dark residential streets.
      I live in north petworth, and if I need to be out and about late at night, I’m either going to be in my car or in a cab. for me personally, my risk threshold isn’t low enough to roll the dice, and you basically need a car here anyway.

      • So now I can’t go outside by myself after 10pm? Yea, okay guy…

        • go ahead and roll the dice

          • don’t be so obtuse guys….of course you can go “outside” at any hour, and I would and do. With that said – would I walk 20 minutes from the Petworth metro home after midnight? No, not because I’m scared to go outside, but the $10 cab for me is worth it for peace of mind.

            To better support my “roll the dice” comment mathematically:

            if I have a 5% chance of getting robbed on a 20 minute walk of a $200 smartphone, the expected loss of walking home is -$10 (5% x $200) or $0 (95% x $0). All things equal, I would rather take the cab. Others would put the chance of getting robbed at .01%, hence the different risk levels of risk aversion. Like anything, your mileage may vary

        • Obviously that’s not the point being made shitforbrains.

      • At least one of the women was grabbed while exiting her vehicle. So even driving home won’t guarantee that you’re safe.

      • One of the women was getting out of her car. Being in a car/cab isn’t the solution to this problem.

      • One of the attacks happened as the woman was getting out of her car. Unless you have an attached garage with an automatic opening door, you are going to be getting out of your car and walking to your house.

    • I’ve lived in Petworth for a few years now and found it overall to be a very friendly and positive place to live. I don’t see this sicko as a problem specific to the neighborhood. I see it as more of a sicko with a woman/mental illness/power/sex problem who happens to be operating in my neighborhood. And there are sickos just about everywhere with those problems. Like the flashers in Columbia Heights and Georgetown and the slasher in Northern Virginia. And then there are the various pervs in Rock Creek Park and various trails in the DC metro area. Hope they catch this guy soon.

    • Anonymous,

      Those of us that are long time homeowners in the neighborhood are just as threatened and alarmed. We are living in the same perpetual fear. It is sad but some of the long time homeowners think it is because of the presence of the “newcomers” this danger exists. I suggest the “newcomers” get brave and instead of separating ourselves with titles we band together to stop these type of threats.

      • Here here. It really seems to be a solidly middle class neighborhood, so the typical economic dividers shouldn’t be such an issue.

        • Though I’m pretty sure that long-time residents and newcomers have pretty different definitions of “middle class.”

          “Middle class” cannot afford a $700,000 row house.

          • $700K should get you a nice sized standalone house there, which is affordable in the upper-middle class. $400-500 should get you a decent townhouse, which is affordable to middle-middle class.

          • The idea that you can get a liveable townhouse for $500K in the current Petworth real estate market is laughable.

        • No it’s not, at least in northern petworth

  • Allison

    Sexual obsession with piercing the skin.

  • The attack in upper Bloomingdale happened to my roommate – she’s fine, but freaked out. She needed a couple stitches in her arm. Ours is usually the relatively quiet part of the neighborhood, so it’s scary. She’s worked/lived in the neighborhood for years so certainly isn’t naive but feels like she wasn’t as alert as she should have been, coming home on her bike relatively late at night. This shit is awful, but just proves that you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times when traveling at night. Lose the headphones and the cell phone. Be careful, everyone.

    • Wow I’m really sorry this happened to your roommate. I’m glad to hear she is ok. Here’s hoping this nutjob is caught soon.

    • She shouldn’t blame herself. No one should be getting cut while biking through a quiet neighborhood.

    • it is aweful. the whole neighborhood feels horrible for your housemate.

  • I am always unclear as to what the MPD is doing to combat this violence? As a woman living in Petworth, this is very troubling. The area has obviously see an increase in assaults lately yet all we get are empty promises, assurance that “we are working on it” and we “know the trouble houses.” Really? Then why are no arrests every made? Why do they continue to happen? Women have a right to feel safe at night, but whatever folks are trying isn’t working. Mayor Gray may not be helpful, but as a fellow woman, Id expect to see more out of Muriel Bowser.

    • Good luck with talking to Muriel. I’ve tried to talk with her on two different occasions and both times she was rude and wouldn’t give me the time of day.

  • And people call H Street stabby?

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