Police Looking for Suspect who forced victim into an alley near NoMa Metro at 7:30pm Sat. Night and attempted to sexually assault her

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with an Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping in the area of the 300 block of Florida Avenue, NE.

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, at approximately 7:30 pm, an adult female was walking in the area when she was approached by an unknown suspect. The suspect produced a pocketknife and forced the victim to walk with him to a nearby alley where he attempted to sexually assault her. The victim yelled for help and the suspect fled.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his late 40s, 5’8″ to 5’9″ in height, 150 pounds, brown complexion, brown eyes, missing teeth, mustache, and displayed cuts on arms. He was last seen wearing a grey short sleeve shirt, black jacket, black shoes, and dark jeans held up with either a shoestring or flex-cuff.

Anyone with information should call 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • Even though it was limited to “attempted” sexual assault, it’s still a very traumatic experience. Props to the victim for reporting and providing such a detailed description.

    Hope they catch this animal.

  • He sounds mentally ill and homeless. Very very disturbing. My guess is that the cops might have an inkling of who this is; they tend to know “the regulars” that live on the street. He’s probably still in the area.

  • The following is not blaming the victim of the crime described in the post (or, the victims of any other crimes); let me make this clear at the outset. I’m sharing a personal anecdote and my two cents on crime and self-defense in the District.

    I was very complacent with respect to personal safety when I moved to the District, trusting that my common sense and awareness when out on the street (and, the general affability of most District residents) would be sufficient to protect me. This was the case, until a guy on the street threatened to stab me, a few weeks ago, in Columbia Heights, near Meridian Hill Park.

    I was on the way to a friend’s house, at night, around 7:30 pm or so. My policy is to stay alert and to avoid trouble whenever possible, and to avoid escalation if trouble does arise. Common sense. Anyway, I made a turn onto 15th street, a few feet in front of a man who was walking in the same direction. I then could sense him walking directly behind me (as in, right on my heels) so, I turned around to see what he was doing. As I stopped, the guy nearly collided with me, he was so close behind me (clearly, as I reflected afterwards, intending to provoke something). The man then flew into an apoplectic rage, cursing me out and berating me for walking into “his lane,” and he added, for helpful clarification, “I hate you mother[expletive]s!”, presumably meaning white people. As I realized that the man’s behavior was so unhinged, hostile and irrational that, nothing that I could say would possibly calm the situation, I walked away from him without a word, at which point he threw a “I should stab your ass!” in my direction. The thing was, if I turned around to actually see if he had a knife in his hand, I would basically be facing him and confronting him. So, I had to quickly walk away with my back turned to him, trusting to chance that this idiot was unarmed and wasn’t going to actually stab me to death in my back.

    The experience really shook me up, but, I took it as a necessary wake-up call with respect to some extremely unpleasant (but, nonetheless, undeniable) realities with respect to living in the District. Perhaps the chances of experiencing such an encounter again in the future are extremely unlikely, but, I will not take that chance, and, I will not be a victim, to the extent that I can help it.

    I now carry pepper foam and pepper gel around with me when I’m out on the street. Gels and foams are relatively new technology, which reduce the risk of spray blowing back into your face outdoors on a windy day (that would really suck; duh), and which reduce the likelihood of contaminating nearby parties, if used indoors, or, in a subway car. Pepper spray is legal to own and to use in D.C., but, the idiot powers-that-be in the District sure as hell do not make it easy to purchase it; I mean, perish the thought that some people might want to avoid being crime victims! Most Internet stores will not ship sprays to D.C., and D.C.P.D. has the absurd policy of requiring pepper spray purchasers to register with the department, presumably to be on the cops’ “Pepper Spray Owners Database.” Needless to say, I don’t believe in registration; I think it’s utterly ridiculous, and, I do not want to be on the cops’ radar, even in a seemingly innocuous way, as a law-abiding citizen. This is not information that they need to know, or, which serves any legitimate purpose. As far as I can tell, there is no criminal penalty in the D.C. code for failure to register a spray; I surmise that, at most, if it even became an issue at all, a person who used a spray in legitimate self-defense MIGHT be written up for a citation. That’s my opinion. Personally, I am not going to worried about being prosecuted for “failure to register pepper spray,” which spray is otherwise legal to use in self-defense.

    So, my point is this — don’t be complacent when it comes to your personal safety. Sh!t happens, despite your best preparations and your best precautions. There are idiots out there who have no compunction about visiting bodily harm upon you, and, sometimes, unavoidably, your paths will cross. D.C.P.D. does have a strong presence in crowded areas, but, let’s be frank — trouble will likely strike when there are no cops or passersby around to help you out. You cannot put your safety in the hands of others; you can only rely upon yourself. There is no substitute for being prepared.

    • sorry that happened to you. sounds to me like a man in need of medication and a person thats not receiving the services he should.

      • Angry at gentrifiers “invading” his neighborhood? Um no. There is zero justification for this type of behavior and the guy belongs off the streets before he carries through on his threats. He sounds seriously unhinged.

      • “invading his neighborhood” ?!?!

        How about welcoming new neighbors and thanking them for supporting local businesses and not committing crimes?

    • Not denying that your episode was scary for you, but your story reminded me of this essay:


      • gotryit

        I can understand some nuance in language, but if someone says “I should stab your ass!” – that’s reason to call the police. It’s a threat (not a lawyer – I don’t remember the details), and the police can respond to that.

        • Agreed. If you threaten to stab me/kill me, I’m pressing criminal charges and likely filing a civil lawsuit as well.

        • +1. I really don’t care about a “difference in culture.” Telling someone “I should stab you.” That doesn’t just “sound violent, that IS violent and is a threat. Even if the threat is idle, the mere fact that the guy made it is enough to call the police.

  • This makes me very angry. I am a woman and often wait for the bus at 2nd & FL Ave NE near where this happened, and have occasionally been there around 7:30pm. I will be on the lookout for a man of this description, and will call the police immediately if I see someone resembling him. Missing teeth, mustache, and cuts on the arms may be specific enough to identify someone.

  • this is very sad, my thoughts are with the survivor and i commend her bravery in going to the police and describing this creep. sadly, things like this are often unavoidable but it is a reminder that this city is dangerous we should all be vigilante, and protect ourselves as best as we can.

    • I HOPE you meant “vigilant” and not “vigilante”. I’m not trying to be the grammar /spelling police — but I’m not clear if you mean that vigilante “justice” as a way to “protect ourselves as best as we can” is a good idea, or if you mean that we should be “vigilant” — aware, alert, and observant — because there are, indeed, a lot of creeps and potential dangers out there. Like you, I commend the survivor for her bravery. I can’t imagine being able to give such a detailed description of the assailant under those circumstances.

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