“he reached under my coat and dress to grab my ass… which he was able to do extremely accurately while moving on his bike”


Ed. Note: No need to lecture the OP – just take the following as an important reminder that this sh*t happens so keep your wits about.

“Dear PoPville,

I just thought I should alert you guys (and the Petworth area) that last night around 12:15-12:20A, as I was walking north on New Hampshire from the Georgia Avenue metro, I noticed a shorter, skinny hispanic male biking behind me, smoking a cigarette.

I moved out of the way for him to pass, but he still swerved really close to me as he biked by (which I immediately thought was both annoying and sketchy.) I attributed it to him possibly being drunk, but then he turned left onto Shepard. I continued my walk home.

I guess he must have looped back around, because as I was walking by the park between Shepard and Taylor, there he was biking behind me again. This time as he passed by, he reached under my coat and dress to grab my ass… which he was able to do extremely accurately while moving on his bike. This was clearly premeditated. He kept biking north towards Grant Circle, looking back at me occasionally. I ran after him screaming obscenities, and he stopped on his bike to watch for awhile and then biked into the circle.

I flagged down a cop and made a report, but it’s probably not a bad idea to get the word out to the women (and men) of Petworth that there is possibly a creepy f*cking disgusting human roaming around our streets.”

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  • Girl, I’m so sorry. That must have been really frightening. Thanks for letting us know.

  • I’m sorry this happened to you!

  • Ugh. Sorry to hear about this, and thanks for telling the police and PoPville.

  • Horrible. Thanks for the PSA, Dan. It sounds like there are two disgusting, butt-grabbing pervs on the loose these days. Sorry the OP had to deal with this.

  • I’m so sorry you had to experience that. Every time there is a post like this my life flashes before my eyes because I know if this EVER happens to me I’m going to have to make a quick life decision and stop myself from clawing the offender to death. Le sigh

    • When the offender is on a bicycle, he gets away too quickly for this to be a possibility. Not to mention that it takes you a moment or two to register what just happened.

      • I’m very aware that someone on a bicycle would be difficult to catch. I’m speaking more in general terms, there was another post like this maybe last week? Gropings are happening often. I’m not a physical person, I’m the type to avoid altercation at all costs, (they could have a weapon) but I know I’d feel so violated that I would want to run after whomever. smh

        • Part of my point was that when something like this happens, it takes you very much by surprise — it takes a moment or two to register that it even happened.
          It doesn’t hurt to have a “game plan” for what you might do if this happened to you… but be aware that you can’t really anticipate exactly how you might react or what your reaction time would be.
          It’s easy to say “If ______ happened to me, I’d do ______,” but the reality works a little differently.

          • “It’s easy to say “If ______ happened to me, I’d do ______,” but the reality works a little differently.” Yes. This comment is why Textdoc is one of my favorites on PoPville.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Yes indeed, not just in this context, but in any context. There is a large body of research demonstrating very clearly that humans are not very good at making accurate predictions about what they would do in situations that they have not actually faced before.

          • binpetworth

            Indeed. Groping has happened to me before (in another country) and unfortunately I thought of many different actions I wish I could’ve/would’ve done but the surprise element really throws you off thinking clearly in the moment.

          • Aww, thanks, Shawess! *blushes*

          • SouthwestDC

            My instinct has always been to get as far away from the guy as possible, which makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. A few seconds later when the rest of my brain processes what happened I’m cursing myself for not responding differently. But evolution is hard to reprogram.

          • Indeed. I’ve been groped in the past. While walking in a public place, while walking in a DC venue (not to be named). I get it. There is a huge shock factor. Period. I get it.

        • Nice as it might be to have the fantasy of attacking back, it seems to me that getting away and NOT attacking back is the safer option. Unless you are very strong and/or the guy is very weak. I know I don’t want to get into a further altercation with someone who is likely stronger and has more experience fighting than I do.

  • UGH! i broke out a cute dress today because I was so happy the weather is finally getting nice, and got catcalled the ENTIRE way to work. there are so many creeps out there.

    • When I was younger, used to hate that about spring – those guys knew how to ruin enjoying the nice weather for a change.

      • And I wasn’t even wearing dresses – just the jeans, corduroys, flannel shirts and Ts common back then decade among college students and those in their twenties. It isn’t what you are wearing that provokes it – it is just the lack of heavy coats and jackets after a long winter.

        • Emmaleigh504

          And people being outside more both regular people and creeps who harass.

        • Sadly this wasn’t true for me growing up. I got cat-called from a very early age no matter what the weather or what I was wearing. As much as I hated it, I always found it somewhat amusing when I would get whistled at when I was wearing a a lot of layers and a big coat in the winter. What on earth were they cat-calling at? There was no way to tell what was under there. Effin’ weirdos.

  • That’s awful. I feel sorry for that lady. And I would never lecture her, as I occasionally have the need to walk a number of places around Capitol Hill, Petworth, and Columbia Heights along those same hours (11 pm, midnight, even later) due to occasional late-night working in different locations (I do evening baby-sitting). I can’t afford to throw money away on cabs, so walking is sometimes the only viable option. I would just offer this suggestion: women (and even men) who find themselves needing to walk late at night with no other option should at least keep some pepper spray on yourselves. You can even get a small can of Mace that’s about the size of a small flashlight to carry in your purse or pocket — but check with the local police station about the laws on carrying AND using Mace — it might need to be registered as a weapon. But not pepper spray (well, double-check to be sure!).

    I would have sprayed that f*cker all up in his face. Believe it.

    • Again… when the offender is on a bicycle, by the time you realize what’s happened, he’s too far away for that to be a possibility.

      • She said he circled around her and came back and then did the grab. You know what? Never mind. I know what I would have done. I’m not going to argue with anyone about it.

    • You must have some amazing reflexes to be able to whip a can of pepper spray out of your purse, accurately aim it, and then fire, all in the time it takes a man on a moving bicycle to ride away from you.

    • for the record, if you were babysitting for us, I would be paying for your Uber home. It’s the polite thing to do for someone returning home late from caring for your child/children. It bothers me that this isn’t the standard simply because this isn’t the suburbs where you drive someone home, old school style. It’s a good precaution for those hiring care providers to follow – get them home safely.

      • justinbc

        I don’t know anything about babysitting, but is it really that common in the suburbs for adults to drive other people home after they’ve watched their children? I would think they would generally be ready to sit down and enjoy dinner / spend time with family / go to bed / etc.

        • On the few occasions I babysat, I think one of the parents would drive me home after they returned — the alternative was my parents driving to collect me, since I wasn’t old enough to drive.

          • justinbc

            Ah. I was under the presumption the person posting on this blog was an adult, but I could be wrong.

          • Justin — Yeah, I think so too. I get the feeling that in D.C. people often hire adults to babysit (and that there’s more of a market for teachers, etc. to babysit during their off hours), whereas in the ‘burbs they might hire teenaged neighbors. (But for all I know, things in the ‘burbs have changed.)

          • Yes, most of us sitters are adults. I don’t run across families with teen sitters. I mean, I’m sure there are some. But a lot of us are full-time nannies during the week, so we do the night sitting on the side.

        • epric002

          to drive teenagers home- yes. happened frequently to me when i wasn’t old enough to drive.

        • I was often driven home or to the train station (this was the case when I babysat in a neighboring town and would finish in the afternoons) when I babysat in college. Usually, the parents would get back when the kids were already asleep so we usually headed out before the parent had a chance to settle in. I think this should be the norm if you’re asked to stay late.

        • @JustinBC

          Yes, exactly. I never, ever accept a ride home even when it is offered. I’m a grown woman. It would humiliate me to have a parent drive me home. Most importantly, I would never take their time that way. If it’s too, too late and the walk wouldn’t be safe then I accept an Uber. Anyway, this is way off the topic …

  • Reminiscent of that guy who prowled in Dupont on his bike, and, if I recall, a similar incident around Mount Pleasant that was in POP back a few years. I think that the groping is a difficult bike maneuver, so maybe the sleazebag is experienced.

  • Wow, that’s awful – I’m sorry that happened to you.

    To the $#%@ on a bike: please put your spectacular bike handling / multitasking skills to non-evil purposes. I hear there’s a circus looking to replace an elephant act…

  • Ed. Note: No need to lecture the OP – just take the following as an important reminder that this sh*t happens so keep your wits about.

    ^^^smh that we need this note

      • Especially since the OP was walking along a major street. We’re always told that side streets are more dangerous (less lighting, less foot/road traffic), and they probably are… but you’d think you could at least walk safely along a major street shortly after midnight.

    • Telling someone to “keep their wits about them” is also lecturing. Sometimes, you can be vigilant, and it sounds like the OP was considering she had noticed him before, and this stuff still happens. You can’t always prevent creepers from being creepy.

  • Emmaleigh504

    This sucks. I’m sorry it happened to you, and thank your for reporting it.

  • What a pig.

  • Off topic, but does anyone know if they ever caught “The Georgetown Cuddler”? I just thought about that case the other day. Creepy.

  • houseintherear

    I’m sorry. Eff that guy and the others like him. I was pushed down/attacked in Silver Spring near the Whole Foods almost 10 years ago. I actually peed and he ran away, praise goodness. But I can’t tell you how many thousands of times I’ve fantasized about the violent acts I wish I would have done to him before he went away. Being a woman sucks sometimes. And thank you for reporting to police- everyone should do that EVERY time.

  • As a Hispanic male, I’m very sorry this happened to you! Hope somebody catches this f*cker, by putting a stick on his bike spokes, and gets to watch him fly over the handlebars.

  • A similar thing happened to me in November.

    I was using the ATM outside the Columbia Heights Giant at 8am on Thanksgiving morning when a guy (hispanic male, also on a bike) stopped his bike and grabbed my ass. I turned around, shoved him away, screamed my head off at him and caused a scene.

    Of course a ton of people stopped and stared, but did nothing, and he pedaled off up 14th. The kicker was man-splaining cart-pusher at Giant who tried to tell me that “he probably has an alcohol problem” and “his family probably put him out on the holidays.”

    Cops were great, though. Very professional, attentive, and took the situation seriously.

  • Please email your ANC rep, council member, the MPD and Mayors office. If we expect action, we need to raise our voice together. Otherwise, apparently nothing happens.

  • Almost the exact same thing happened to my roommate, about 4-5 years ago. I don’t know which is worse… that it might be the same creep, or that several men. have had this same idea.

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