Reader Warns of Safety Concerns at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW in Logan

Man allegedly seen masturbating and yelling at passersby at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking my dog today [Sunday] and this man was standing next to the Logan Circle laundromat at 11th st NW and Rhode Island Ave NW masturbating and yelling some nightmare shit at women and kids who were walking by on the sidewalk. I saw what he was doing and took my phone out to call 911 and he stopped and started walking toward me in an aggressive way and yelling some scary stuff. I took this photo, called the police and told them. They said they sent a unit out and didn’t find him. I sent photos to them as well. I’m sending it in hopes that if a woman sees this man, they will know to stay away from him.”

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  • He seems nice.

  • Great picture and thanks for the warning. Should have no trouble recognizing this guy on the street.

  • What a charming member of society. ugh.

  • I may have seen the same guy yelling at women in Logan Circle last week. I was there with my five year old and just stayed on the other side, not wanting to expose my kid to whatever delights he was spewing. He followed one woman down one of the sidewalks radiating from the inner part of the sidewalk yelling at her and I took my phone out (he didn’t see me) but then he turned and walked away when she didn’t react. Will def call if I see that again.

  • I’m very grateful that you were able to take a picture, and sorry that you were threatened in the process. I had a run-in with a masturbator on the metro and I froze up. I did file a police report (which was just as unpleasant an experience as the incident itself), but I regretted that I didn’t have the gumption to take a picture or do more. Here’s hoping that the cops get him.

  • Along those same lines, does anyone else often see a woman on the north side of P St NW, between 9th and 10th, on the sidewalk near the school yard? On my walk home from work in the afternoons over the past few weeks, she is often outside on the sidewalk, with a suitcase or so of possessions, and an open container of beer. She often appears to be muttering to herself. She’s never been aggressive or offensive as I walk by, but the open container next to the school yard is certainly odd.

  • brookland_rez

    Funny how this is now news. I remember when all of downtown was filled with random people yelling random things. Back when I used to skateboard all over downtown, homeless people would always get mad and yell, especially at Indiana plaza. Also the Shaw skatepark used to always have sketchy homeless people. I remember one time skating there at around 10 or 11pm on a Saturday night, this homeless guy kept trying to get to my beer. So I put it at the top of the 6 foot ramp that used to be there. He kept pestering me so finally I went across the street to the liquor store and bought him something so he would leave me alone.

    • brookland_rez

      The masturbating though is a bit over the top, though.

      • So if you realize that there’s a difference between someone masturbating in public and just “sketchy homeless people,” why did you even bother writing that initial comment?

        • brookland_rez

          Sure, there’s a difference. My point is I’ve seen plenty of sketchy things over the years that have been just as over the top as masturbating. It wouldn’t have been news 10 or even 5 years ago in most of DC east of 16th St.

          • What “sketchy things” are just as “over the top” as public masturbation?

          • brookland_rez

            When I lived on Parker St, the dozens of transvestite prostitutes that used to line up under the K St bridge used to publicly masturbate every night walking through there home from Union Station. They used to break into people’s cars and have sex and masturbate in them. My commute home was that or walk down F St to 2nd St. 2nd St under the H St bridge was always full of crazy homeless people who used to yell shit. When the built Senate Square, they drove them out when they started using the area under the bridge for storage of construction materials. They never came back. The New York Ave metro had just opened and the walk home from there was desolate and the area around it was blighted.

          • No one said it was news. It IS information valuable to the community we live in. This is a site where people share information about things happening around our city, incldung nuisances, crimes, threats. Second, my two sisters and I grew up in SE DC long before many of you ever got here, and if you think sketchy guys masturbating in front of women and children was tolerated where I grew up you have another thing coming.. My mother knew every sketchy guy in the neighborhood and they came near us at their own risk.

            Men who think they’re urban pioneers and want a courage badge for living in DC have no idea what it’s like to be a woman and deal with this kind of threatening behavior on a DAILY basis. It is false bravado, insulting and ignorant.

            OP – thank you for the warning. You did the right thing. I hope he is caught.

            – a survivor of sexual assault

          • +10000 to a survivor of sexual assault anon above. So, so sick of daily harassment because of my gender.

        • some people like anecdotes hater

    • Crazy people yelling at passersby is one thing. A crazy person masturbating and approaching people in an aggressive way is another.

    • Did you also walk uphill to school 10 miles each way

  • cant tell from the photo but it may be the same guy as in this video: .
    He was harassing people at 14th and RI back in June. Someone also said he was yelling about having a gun. Maybe different people and just a coincidence.

    • I wouldn’t know whether to call the police or have a glass of Rose and chill to Take 5.

      I THINK I saw that guy on the Green Line. He was saying homophobic stuff to some guy who was ignoring him. Convo in the head type stuff.

  • I’m the original poster. I get really irritated by people who think it’s cute to say “welcome to the city!” like if something like this happened to them, or their mom or daughter, it’s not big deal.
    I left out the part where he screamed he was going to “fucking kill me” over and over as I was taking his picture. I’d like to see any of these “welcome to the city” people have the balls that I had. By the way, in an update from MPD, they closed the case half an hour after they failed to find him.

    • Perhaps we’re reading different threads, but I don’t see any such posts above.

    • brookland_rez

      LOL. When you actually get in a fight with one, come back and talk about how ballsy you are. I’ve had altercations with crazy street people where I’ve had to fight and or disarm them. Until then, snapping a photo is just passive aggressive.

      • I’m not sure why you sound proud of these things.

        • brookland_rez

          I’m not. It is what it is. In the old DC this was just the way things were. I’m glad DC has improved to the point where something like this is news. But I do feel like credit is due to people like me (and many many others) who weren’t afraid to go into these areas as pioneers. If we hadn’t gone in and taken a chance on the city, the new condos and small plate places wouldn’t have happened and you would probably be living in Arlington.

          • What a machiavellian we have here. A skater, a public defender, and now a developer!? Pat yourself on the shoulder, kuddos!

          • We salute and honor you Brookland_rez!! I shall be nominating you for Hero of The Year!!

          • Fighting the homeless is a badge of honor. You should be proud. Do you know who is the most dangerous opponent you will ever face in life, people with nothing to lose. Do you know who has nothing to lose. Homeless people. If you haven’t engaged in fist-a-cuffs with a homeless person you simple don’t understand and haven’t experienced one of the greatest tests in life.

          • “But I do feel like credit is due to people like me (and many many others) who weren’t afraid to go into these areas as pioneers.”

            Seriously – your contribution to this comment thread was to fish for ‘credit’? Why do so many people these days feel like someone else owes them ‘credit’ for living life?

            I lived one block south of this intersection 5 years ago…and while it was a bit sketchier at that time, the incident described would have been disturbingly out of the ordinary then as well. I hope this guy gets whatever treatment he needs…

          • brookland_rez

            Not fishing for credit. I don’t need to. My foresight and willingness to take a chance on DC homeownership has paid off very handsomely in the way of home equity. I’m perfectly happy to make money off everyone that has moved in after me. Bring it.

          • Instead of a pioneer, you should have been a martyr.

        • Its because everything east of 16th 10 years ago – WAS – sketchy back then. Some people miss the strangest things.

          Sounds a little like sour grapes to me.

          • brookland_rez

            I never said I missed it. Like I said above, I’m glad DC has improved. I’m glad I don’t have to put a club on my steering wheel every time I go into the grocery store. I was just commenting on the fact that the city has changed so much.

          • IMO, there’s a difference between “sketchiness” as far as car break-ins, getting mugged, etc., etc. and public masturbation.

          • brookland_rez

            How about public masturbation in your broken-in car? I’ve seen that happen to one of my neighbors cars on Parker St.

          • Everything East of 16th was not sketch 10 years ago. Gosh – I hate when people try to sound like they know what they’re talking about when then don’t.

          • brookland_rez

            It wasn’t everywhere, that’s right. Brookland was always a nice pocket. LeDroit has been nice for a while, also Bloomingdale. Shaw was pretty rough, especially the 7th St corridor. U St was up and coming. Capitol Hill up to about G St and west of 13th was nice. Other neighborhoods were very block by block. Some blocks nice, others not.

          • Prince Of Petworth

            Brookland has had and unfortunately continues to occasionally have it’s fair share of crime.

      • Yeah, sure you have. Internet Tough Guy of August 4th.

      • You keep using “passive aggressive.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • Agreed with the OP. In reading past threads on PoPville about similar incidents, it’s amazing how many men don’t seem to understand that this is a big deal, or how this behavior often escalates to assault.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Some men seem to think b/c it doesn’t happen to them, it’s not a problem. And then there are the internet tough guys, who have nothing to add to the conversation. It’s very frustrating.

      • 100% on the escalation.

        Peeping toms and public masturbators are the former occupations of rapists. They don’t just walk outside and say, “I’m going to rape today!”

    • I really appreciate the head’s up. There is a huge difference between typical, colorful city dwellers and people like the man you described. Not to generalize, but I’ve noticed that some men have a very different reaction to this type of situation than most women do.

    • I agree with Anonymous @2:21, I don’t see anyone implying the “welcome to the city” remarks. Skater dude pointed out that “crazies” used to be common place but I don’t think his intent was with malice. As someone who posts to PoP often, you open yourself up to a lot of trolls as the OP. Don’t engage and don’t take it personal.

    • brookland_rez

      MPD closed the case. Are you really that surprised? Welcome to the city.

      • brookland_rez

        Now I’m trolling…. Sort of. Seriously though MPD has a history of ignoring stuff like this. It’s better than it was, but there’s a reason DC was nicknamed “Dodge City”, because in most of the city it was the wild west, and yes, the police typically did nothing.

      • brookland_rez

        I mean nothing for nuisance crimes like this. No offense to the OP, and I get that as woman things like this are scary, but MPD typically classifies stuff like this as a nuisance crime. Similar to how they allow guys on dirtbikes and ATVs roam the streets, etc. MPD likes to turn a blind eye towards stuff like this.

        • So a few thoughts here.

          1) The case is closed because the suspect was gone and with only a photo, there’s not much to go on. This may sound like passing the buck, but we need a complaining witness, which it sounds like we have. She/He would need to press charges.

          2) This isn’t a nuisance crime, like urinating in public or drinking in public. It’s a misdemeanor. says “it is unlawful for a person, in public, to make an obscene or indecent exposure of his or her genitalia or anus, to engage in masturbation, or to engage in a sexual act”

          3) The one caveat to all of this is that you need to prove they’re not mentally ill, because they need the mens rea (check me out) to commit the crime. Otherwise they get a trip to CPEP which is the psych emergency room on the grounds of the old DC Hospital.

          4) The reason we don’t chase dirtbikes isn’t because we want to retain some semblance of the gritty DC environment that you were brave enough to explore and settle. It’s because when we chase them they drive into people and those people sue us and that bothers the city a lot more than an arrest for no permit or reckless driving.

          • Thanks for the background on this, especially the clarification that it’s not a “nuisance crime.”

          • For future reference, if we find ourselves in a similar situation, does that mean that it’s not worth it to try to get a photo?

    • Closing the case? For that I do say welcome.

      MPD does jack shit with people like this. I’ve had a screamer focus on me too. It’s scary.

      • No, take the photo if you think that it won’t inflame the situation. but the important thing is that you need to talk to the police. Calling 911 and leaving to send a photo later isn’t going to stop this behavior honestly. If you met police with a photo or not and simply explained what happened, then he will have probable cause to make an arrest. Not guaranteeing that happens, sadly, but you’ll be doing all that’s expected of you.

  • his right and/or left hand.

  • Bro, that’s definitely over the line. No need to flaunt this dude’s love life all over the internet.

  • Wow! I was walking my dog around that area on Thursday evening and saw three guys trying to steal a bike in the alley. I called the police and waited around the corner for 20 minutes. The police never came. Sucks for whoever’s bike that was.

  • OP, thanks for posting. I actually encountered this guy last week near McPherson Square metro on the Vermont Avenue side. He followed me for a couple of blocks screaming at me, calling me a filthy lesbian b#*%h and threatening me. It was kind of terrifying but fortunately it was the middle of the day so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

  • He was at the Hess gas station at 3rd and Rhode Island this afternoon, masturbating, then urinating on the air pump and then filling up the tires of his bike with the wet air hose. Lovely.

  • What so scary is I thought he would look homeless 😐

  • Is there any way we can get a bigger picture?

  • UPDATE: OP here. Got a call from MPD today. They suggest the next time anyone sees this man, whether he is masturbating or not, to call 911 and tell them who and where he is. Thanks.

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