MPD Investigating Multiple, Possibly Related, Sexual Assaults

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit is investigating three sexual assaults in that occurred in the Fourth District that are similar in nature and possibly related.

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at approximately 2:03 am, a female was walking on Mt. Pleasant Street, when a male attempted to engage her in conversation. When the female turned onto the 1700 block of Kenyon Street, the suspect put his arms around the female and groped her under her clothing. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with long dark hair approximately 26 to 32 years old.

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at approximately 2:35 am, a female was walking in the 1300 block of Oak Street, NW, when a male suspect armed with a knife approached her from behind, grabbed her around the neck, and groped her under her clothing. A struggle ensued and the victim was stabbed during the altercation. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in late 20s to early 30s, 5’4”, stocky build, cleaned shaven, short hair, wearing a blue, green and white polka dot button down collar shirt, and a red, black and white Chicago Bulls baseball cap.


On Sunday, August 24, 2014 at approximately 3:10 am, a female was walking in an alley in the rear of the 1700 block of Park Road, when she saw a male following her. The suspect placed his arms around the victim’s waist and groped her. The victim was able to flee. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in mid 20’s, 5’4″, black gelled back hair, and wearing a black short sleeve polo shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who has information regarding these cases should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Update with Composite Sketch of suspect:


25 Comment

  • Doesn’t this sound like the description of the bicycle flasher? (I could be wrong… there have been so many. But I’m sure one of the local “harmless” deviants was described as 30ish, clean shaved, stocky, and hispanic.) If so, sounds like he’s escalating.

    • houseintherear

      It sure does, at least the bike masturbator that was in Bloomingdale a few months ago. But he had a mustache… and that is a vague description, unfortunately.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I hope they catch this guy soon.

  • Not sure if this would have made any difference, but MPD should really consider doing something about the drunk people hanging out along MtP. The strip from Best World to 7-Eleven has a large number of men drinking from open containers, and a long day boozing seems likely to make men behave badly. DC doesn’t have anti-loitering laws, but it does have open container laws that could use some better enforcement in the entire area surrounding the Columbia Heights Metro stop.

    • Maybe reach out to the 4th district MPD. I had a similar concern in Shaw and talked to a 3rd district sergeant about it. He sent officers there within minutes.

    • Two weekends ago I watched an MPD officer accost and (presumably) ticket a man for open container in Lamont Park; the police are always there, and the 7-11 is a police substation.

  • Granted, these incidents took place in the middle of the night, when the lack of people on the streets increases the risk of crimes of opportunity. But things seem to be going downhill again in Mt P in terms of vagrancy, loitering, public drinking and drug use, theft, and now assaults. Just last week I had to call the cops twice for people passed out on the street. Things improved for a while after neighborhood outcries,but in recents months the police presence seems to have fallen off again. Does anyone have any examples of strategies that have worked in other parts of the city to increase public safety? Efforts to look for community solutions here are often rebuffed as nimbyism, and if something doesn’t change I worry about the longterm appeal of this neighborhood. Not to mention the physical safety of women living and working in Mt P. It’s bad enough having to run the minefield by the 7-11 and Lamont Park, but sexual assaults are a whole other alarming and unacceptable development.

    • Mt P has always been like this (drunks hanging out on Mt. P St, especially by the 7-11, and verbally harassing women), and the appeal of the neighborhood has only increased in 25 years. There are occasional crime waves, but they seem to pass. That said, we all need to be watchful, especially at night, and report suspicious activity.

    • I wonder if things will get better when Deauville opens back up. Lots more people will be living right across the street from the main hot spots for loitering, and perhaps will speak up to the ANC and MPD.

      I’m surprised that MtP hasn’t set up some sort of BID. The businesses on the strip could benefit from some marketing efforts a la Shirlington or Shaw, and paying someone to actually clean up the garbage strewn everywhere could improve the area’s appearance. Not sure if this will really improve things that much considering that most of the restaurants on the strip aren’t really destination restaurants that would draw in people from other areas.

      • This issue was being discussed by the ANC agenda earlier this summer – not sure what the outcome was.

      • the deauville will be all low income latinos so I don’t know if that will help the problem of low income latinos drinking all day at 7-11

  • This type of behavior is inexcusable and the guy deserves to sit in jail for a long time. That being said, to all the great ladies who read this blog, gentle reminder to PLEASE not walk home alone so late at night. I know that sometimes there are no other options but to walk, but if there are other ways to safely get home please try utilize those.

    • I understand you are trying to be helpful. And I am not someone that would feel safe walking around most places at 2 am. But your “gentle reminder” that women “PLEASE” not do something which has absolutely zero impact on you really bothers me.

      • -1

        we all want one another to be safe.

      • Ehh, I think the OP was concerned/worried about us — you don’t have to be personally affected by something to be worried about it.
        That said, I would be surprised if there were any adult women on this site who have NOT been hearing “Don’t walk alone late at night by yourself (if possible)” — or variations thereof — since we were adolescents.

      • Agreed. Between the infantilizing (let me say something you’ve been told 5 million times before like it’s new information, ladies!) and the focus on the women’s behavior (not the predator who was stalking them) this comment is not sitting right with me either.

        • Emmaleigh504

          It’s a condescending and unhelpful comment. It’s annoying that someone says, ladies don’t walk at night! every time there is crime.

          • Right — it’s as though we haven’t had “YOU ARE VULNERABLE TO ATTACK FROM MEN” drummed into our heads since we were little.

        • the notion that someone should not be concerned or even comment because it has “absolutely zero impact” on them is asinine.

          • Is that you Steven A Smith? ESPN suspended you so you’re trolling here? Michelle Beadle was right to call you a coward blaming the victim for the situation.

  • I am so tired of these scumbag guys who think that grabbing and threatening random women is OK.

  • I don’t find this post offensive, but I do think it’s alarmist. Walking home alone late at night as woman is not universally a bad idea: it depends on the person and the neighborhood. I do it all the time; have only had two minor incidents, and both times easily frightened away the sketchy dude. Street smarts and reasonable self defense skills are all that’s required in the vast majority of situations. Of course there’s still some risk, but that’s part of urban life in general.

  • Poster above. Meant to reply to the “gentle reminder” above. Sorry!

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