“An adult female was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a vehicle at the Unit block of M Street, SW – drove the victim to Anacostia Park, SE where he sexually assaulted her”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Kidnapping and First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at approximately 6:30 am in Anacostia Park, Southeast.

An adult female was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a vehicle at the Unit block of M Street, SW. The suspect then drove the victim to Anacostia Park, SE where he sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male, dark complexion, short black hair, 5’8’’-6’1’’ tall, slim build, 155-160 lbs., 30-35 years old, with a thin beard and mustache connecting to each other, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen operating a 4 door silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, the bed of the pickup had a black colored cap on it along with temporary tags. The suspect was armed with a dark colored handgun.

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

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  • So much for well-lit streets. Looks like you can’t avoid horrible things happening to you on busy streets on a Tuesday morning.

    • I was just thinking the same thing. I am grateful to the victim for having the presence of mind to have such a good description of the vehicle and her attacker. Hopefully he will be identified.

  • This is really horrifying. I hope she’s okay and he’s caught soon.

  • What the fudge?!?! I know we always hear that you shouldn’t let your attacker take you anywhere (better to get shot in the street than maimed and tortured in a warehouse), but I can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind in that situation. This is crazy. My thoughts go out to the victim.

    • Do we always hear this?? I don’t think I’ve ever heard it and am wondering if there are other bits of streetwise wisdom that I’ve missed out on. I don’t necessarily think it’s incorrect advice, I just don’t think it’s probably most people’s gut reaction. Shot in the street = dead now, whereas my mind in the moment might rationalize that it’s better to take my chances but maybe keep my life. It also seems in opposition to so much of the other wisdom that says to comply when threatened. IE, if you get robbed at gunpoint, to give up the items rather than fight and risk getting shot. Maybe I’ve been listening to the wrong wisdom? My thoughts are with the victim and I commend her for providing such a detailed description.

      • I heard this growing up from many sources. My general perspective on crime compliance is “If they’re trying to take your phone/wallet, give them your phone/wallet. Most people don’t rob people with the intention of hurting them. If they’re trying to harm YOU, you’re screwed either way, so you should fight.”
        So I think you’re right on the wisdom, but someone who is kidnapping you and not just robbing you at gunpoint is clearly out to harm you one way or another. It’s best to be found.

      • I learned it from the book, “The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin de Becker. I highly recommend it. He says to never go to a second location with a bad guy. I think the rationale is similar to what FridayGirl said – they can rob you in the street, but will hurt you if you are taken to another place. And (maybe) the chances of someone finding you and getting you medical care if you are shot in the street are better than if you are taken to another location.
        Having said that, everyone should do what they need to maximize their chances of staying alive. Not criticizing this woman, or anyone else, who is kidnapped.

        • I wish there were statistics on things like how likely the guy is to fire the gun at you if you try to run away, and how likely you are to get hit by a bullet if you run away. That would make the decision easier.

        • Interesting (and certainly logical). Thanks for the recommendation. +100 to ‘everyone should do what they need to maximize their chances of staying alive’, which, as someone reiterated in a different comment thread a few days ago, is virtually impossible to predict when you yourself are not in that type of situation in that moment.

          • Yeah, it’s what I always heard in self-defense classes in school. Basically, someone is more limited in what they can do if they’re in a semi-public place and there’s at least a slightly higher chance of escape versus being taken to a secluded, unfamiliar location. But yeah, I imagine those rationalizations go out the window when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun.

      • I’ve been through several hostile environments trainings in the course of my career and this advice is universal.

      • Yes, I remember this from an Oprah episode. This, above all else, is never go to a 2nd location. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT for your life right then and right there. It’s always difficult to remember what to do in any situation but if you are being taken, FIGHT!

      • Oprah used to say it on her show–“Never let them take you to a second location.” It was like her mantra. She had crime experts on who said it, too and real life accounts from women who had followed the advice and how things turned out better for them.

        Another thing that is handy that I do to this day is if you are walking alone at night, you take your keys and put them between each knuckle like a makeshift set of brass knuckles but they are jagged and if you are attacked go for the eyes. This was taught to my friend at her all girls school in New York. They brought in a safety expert.

        • Yes! I do this… well, did this. My new apartment only has a FOB. So I think I need to get myself some fake keys.

  • When will the people running the city publicly acknowledge that crime has risen to unacceptable levels, that they are failing at keeping the people who live in this city safe, and that bold measures are warranted? I’m sick of reading stories about people who face horrific crimes while simply going about their everyday lives. I know some crime is inescapable, whether it’s in a city or elsewhere. It’s the dark side of humanity. But this level of crime? This is a failure of our leaders. It’s time to try some radical changes, because whatever they’re doing hasn’t been working. Call in urban sociologists who study policing theories to figure out police beats and schedules that will make the most impact. Try some PSAs to combat bystander effects using campaign techniques that are proven to work. The city’s leaders need to acknowledge that the current system isn’t working, and they need to take some bold steps.

  • Talk about burying the lede – there’s a police station on the 100 block of M Street SW. Let that marinate for a while.


    • That police station is a bunker surrounded by a huge fence. Officers are hardly ever on the street, they just come and go from inside their secure lot. Crime has been way up in the neighborhood surrounding it, but going off crime stats will only tell you part of the story. Whole lot of incidents don’t get reported unless they result in death in and around Syphax Gardens, James Creek and Greenleaf housing.

    • this particular 1-2 block stretch of M St SW also has rundown rowhouses/public housing and is an open air drug market…

      • SouthwestDC

        Half Street’s no prize either, nor are the blocks south of here. I used to live on Carrollsburg Place, which was a strange oasis of serenity among the chaos.

  • F. This is horrible. Hopefully someone will identify this piece of garbage soon.

  • Not to say that use of the following app would have made a difference in this case, or that apps are the solution here, or that the onus is on us as private citizens to protect ourselves, etc. But this seems like a helpful piece of technology that could be of use to people who live in this city, especially those who walk alone and at night, and don’t want to stop doing so. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/companion-tens-thousands-using-safety-app-that-lets-friends-digitally-walk-you-home-night-1518197

  • How horrifying. My thoughts are with the victim and I’m happy to hear she did everything right and survived.

  • LisaT

    What a horrific nightmare for this woman. Good thoughts to her for a full recovery and emotional healing. And good thoughts that this POS is caught and prosecuted to the full extent–which still wouldn’t be enough.

  • Mayor/Chief:

    If anyone asks me (and I am in a position where I am asked often) if it’s a good idea to move to DC, my answer from here on out is “NO”. Stay away.

    Clean up the city with some gusto and don’t be so afraid about your job/PC, We need to see some results or I won’t be the only one with this recommendation. You are leading the downfall.

    • Im beginning to think DC has peaked as well. I have been here since Marion’s last term as a Mayor, I thought there was no way to stop the momentum once Williams got the ball rolling. But Bowser is truly a terrible leader, making terrible appointments but we can all rest easy now that DC is going to spend 40-50 million a year putting homeless families in hotels for years at a time. She just doesn;t think out any of her policies. I know several families who are looking to move next summer. Between the school lottery drama, gun fights in the middle of the day and no explanation from anyone in leadership–it may be time to head on out.

      • Haven’t you heard the extortion-logic of the homeless shelter advocates? It’s cheaper to pay to put them up, because they’ll commit crime (at a greater general expense) if they don’t.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Have not heard that one, but there is rigorous peer-reviewed research showing that the total cost to taxpayers of giving homeless people apartments no-strings-attached (making them no longer homeless) is less than the total cost to taxpayers of leaving them on the streets, in large part because getting them off the streets dramatically reduces (not eliminates, but dramatically reduces) visits to the ER, which are really f*cking expensive. Thus, short of a serious proposal that hospitals deny emergency treatment to people who are unable to pay, it really does cost less than other serious alternatives.

    • “…my answer from here on out is “NO”. Stay away.”
      Sadly, this is my answer too.

    • SouthwestDC

      Ugh, that makes me ill. My partner and I used to live right in that area, and it seemed like someone was going out of their way to terrorize us. We made sure to never hold hands or anything outside of our home, but she was a soft butch so someone could have made assumptions. One day we came home to find that someone had bent our window bars to get in the house. Every inch of it had been ransacked but nothing was stolen. That was our cue to get the hell out of that neighborhood. I wonder if the same person was responsible for this crime.

  • This posting on confuses me…. Where did the original assault happen? The map show M St SE and the article mentions M St. SW. While both are seriously concerning, something going down on M St SE is even more of interest because was that route on a daily basis

    Can you clarify?

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