MPD Video of Person of Interest. “The subject sexually assaulted the victim inside of a residence.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a First Degree Sexual Abuse incident, which occurred in the 4800 block of Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, on Sunday, June 26, 2016, between the hours of 3:13 and 4:06 am.

The subject sexually assaulted the victim inside of a residence.

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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  • Is there a way MPD can improve the quality of screenshots from these surveillance videos? I don’t know anything about editing software, I’m just asking if it would be possible to focus the images once the screenshot is taken. It’s impossible to make out the suspects’ faces in 99% of these videos, yet the video itself looks clearer.

    • Yea, it’s not quite that easy. Such software does exist at higher levels, but I can’t imagine much cooperation from “the man” for a relatively low profile case.

      • Sometimes just seeing a person move, even in a low-resolution video like this, is enough. But I also think the posters below are right that he’s probably getting an Uber.

    • *enhance*

      *enhance*

    • Yes, completely they can. But as the anon above me mentioned they do this for very high profile cases.

    • As a detective, it’s usually motion blur coupled with crappy cameras and the fact that he media guys have to zoom and crop out other that leads to terrible video on our YouTube page.

      • Also, a lot of times these videos are not going to give you a clear enough picture to spot the guy on the street.
        They are more likely to be recognized by someone who is familiar with the perp and hopefully calls the police after recognizing the individual on the video.

  • washington20009

    On his smartphone as he walks out? Someone should check out the Uber pickups at that time and location.

    • SusanRH

      I was thinking he same thing.

    • The screen of his iphone, while not clearly the uber screen, certainly doesnt rule uber out. Light colored with what appears to be shades of gray and a dark bar/shape in the middle. I’d say its a pretty good chance had the uber interface up on the screen of his phone…

  • Scary…this is my building, Connecticut Heights

    • I wouldn’t be too worried as it appears the victim brought home a stranger rather a random person getting into the bldg and then her unit.
      (Not judging the aforementioned behavior, but I think it does reduce chances of it happening to you)

      • @Anon Spock: Just so you are aware, your comment does sound judgmental, and I believe has an air of victim blaming to it. Please don’t dismiss the concerns of a fellow resident or make assumptions about what happened without knowing the circumstances surrounding this assault. A sexual assault is a sexual assault, and a scary occurrence, regardless of whether or not the victim knows the assailant.

        • Just so you’re aware, if I ever intend to victim blame, it will be clearly stated without disclaimer. With that in mind, thank you for sharing your opinion of my comment.

      • Whoa, Anon Spock. I wish I didn’t have to call you out, but your comment is what rape culture looks like. Please take a second to put defensiveness aside, and learn to recognize this kind of thinking, and stop doing it.

        Bringing a stranger home is not a crime. Women should be able to be free to make choices men would and do make, even choices others might judge them for (even if you’re not, as you claim). Women should not have to fear they will be raped (or endure first degree sexual assault, to be specific) if they do. You are pointing out that her choices increased the chances of it happening to her — and reduces the chances of it happening to someone else if they make different choices. This is rape culture. You’re about to say, “No, this is just the facts, this kind of behavior increases the opportunity for her to be raped.” No: we should not accept rape in our culture by reinforcing that it is her behavior here that is under scrutiny. The only person under scrutiny here is the rapist. There is nothing she did that makes her responsible for being raped.

        Rape is going forward with sexual contact without having the consent of the other person. You’ll notice the definition has nothing to do with whether it is a “random person getting into the bldg and then her unit” or a “stranger [she] brought home.”

        It’s really misguided to say “I wouldn’t be worried…”. In a rape culture as ours (and, let’s face it, most countries in this world), all women are worried about rapists. Please be part of the solution. And the solution is not how women should change their behavior.

        • I agree with Anon Spock, and do not see his statement as a reflection of rape culture. Bringing strangers home, regardless of the gender of the parties involved, increases the chances of being victimized. Victimization can range from theft, sexual assault, battery, and murder. While most encounters between people and their little-known house guests end amicably, terrible things can and do happen. Inviting a stranger into your home, regardless of your gender, carries risks.

          Accompanying a stranger to their home can be risky, too, for both men and women.

        • C2- totally agree with what you’re saying, thank you for speaking up and out against rape culture. I think you misread AnonSpok’s comment. I think AnonSpok was saying, “this wasn’t someone who specifically targeted this building and broke in, but rather this is someone who targeted a specific person in this building. For that reason, it is less likely that this person will re-enter the building to randomly attack someone else.”

          Re-reading AnonSpok, I can how it could be read as “if you don’t bring home random strangers, rape won’t happen to you.” But in this case I don’t think that’s what the intention was.

          • Agreed. Anon Spock was responding to the worried neighbor. I agree with her (anon spock) that living in this building in particular doesnt appear to make you at more risk for a sexual crime. I dont believe anon spock was even beginning to victim blame, but people be super sensitive on the interwebs!

        • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on my comment. I’m happy to agree to disagree on the assumptions you’ve made.

        • palisades

          I think you missed the point of Anon Spock’s comment…

        • Wow. What a totally unnecessary response.

          Anon Spock was simply saying that the above poster shouldnt be afraid because to Anon Spock, the circumstances of the event appeared to be an acquaintance abuse scenario, and not a predator roaming the building/area or a resident of the area praying on neighbors.

          I tend to agree that the video, while not absolute proof, appears to indicate that the two knew each other. That said, arent some huge numbers of rapes/assaults committed by people the victims know?

          Its probably not worth the comment that she probably knew the guy, except for the fact that Anon Spock was simply pointing out to the other resident of the building that this guy is probably not going around forcing himself into strangers’ apartments. Though, as another poster said, its possible he piggybacked in and was completely unknown to her.

          So, no, Anon Spock’s comments arent “what rape culture looks like” its what making educated speculation based on observations looks like. You have to go through some pretty significant mental gymnastics to conclude that Anon Spock was impeaching the victims actions.

          And, not to belabor the point – you’re assuming, based solely on the video, that the victim is biologically a woman and identifies as such. One could say that thats what oppressive gender stereotyping looks like…

          it would actually be less absurd to say that, because other than the outfit, there’s nothing to indicate the victim is a woman – there are at least observed interactions (as they enter the door) to make an educated guess that they knew each other…

      • 3.5 hours pass between his arrival and his departure. He was, apparently, invited into someone’s apartment and things didn’t go as planned.

      • How do you figure? From the video, all we can see is that he came in at the same time as a woman. Doesn’t mean she brought him home. He could just as easily have been piggybacking.

        • People in my building might think I’m a bitch, but if I don’t know you and you don’t have a fob in your hand, I’m not letting you in behind me. On two occasions I’ve essentially blocked the door and asked people who were trying to come in behind me whether they live here. Once someone said yes, and produced their key (just had to dig around in their bag for it) and the other time, they person said no they were just waiting for their friend and they’d wait in the lobby. Probably a perfectly fine human, but I’m not risking my or someone else’s safety. There’s enough of a possibility that one or more of the legitimate inhabitants in the building is a psycho.

          • If protecting your neighbors means being seen as a bitch, then I say go on with your bitch self. Everyone has a cell phone and they can call their friend.

          • Totally agree with you. I refused to let someone in who said he was a real estate agent, even though my building is small and I knew my neighbor was selling. I don’t care. What do you think a bad guy is going to say? “Come on, let me in. I’m just here to rape and burglarize!” They’re going to say they’re waiting for a friend, appraising the property, [doing some other harmless-sounding action]. No shame on my end for leaving you out in the rain.

        • You’re correct, it could be, but this time of night in that location (not high traffic like u st or admo) with a concierge, it seems more likely to me that they those 2 came in together.
          Also most sexual assaults happen between known parties, so on a purely stats based approach, I’m going to lean on my original thought.

      • You’re welcome. And actually, I did kind of miss your point (as another person pointed out), so sorry about that. But rape culture is a real thing and I’m hoping a few people thought about it a little more.

        • I’m glad you took the opportunity to use someone’s tragic misfortune to “teach us” about rape culture.

          • Hey, come on, C2 acknowledged that he/she missed Anon Spock’s point. No need to be snarky. And although off-point as a response to Anon Spock, the comment made some valid points…

      • He could hav just drafted in behind her.

    • you can’t be certain, but it looks like date rape. it can happen anywhere, rich neighborhoods, exclusive schools, government housing, etc.

      • I think the point of the original comment was to not worry just because you live in the building. The perp appeared as though he entered the building with someone else who had access. It did not seem like he was targeting the building because of its lax security.

        Yes its scary that it happened to someone in your building, but living in that building probably does not increase the likelihood that you will be a victim of sexual assault (using the wording per MPD).

        I could be completely wrong, but reading the comment and the subsequent discussion that followed it seems like that was the intended message and that perhaps it was just not worded very well.

        Regardless I hope they catch the guy and props to the girl for reporting it, and for MPD for taking the threat seriously.

  • If she knew the guy, I assume the police wouldn’t be asking the public to identify him.

    • You can know of someone and not know last names, phone numbers, or any other pertinent info.

    • If they just met she might not know his last name or a way to track him down.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I agree that the scenario that Anon Spock suggests seems the most likely, but the purpose of MPD’s posting this video is not to have uninformed people speculate about what scenario seems the most likely. There are a lot of unknowns here. It is possible that the woman shown at the beginning of the video was not even the victim and may not even live in the building herself either. We don’t know. If you recognize the dude, call the police. If you don’t, don’t.

      • The purpose of MPD posting it might not be, but since I cant tell if I recognize the guy, I see no reason why conversation should be limited to solely whether I can recognize him. I dont think anyone here is impeding the identification of the suspect.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I agree with that as far as it goes, but everybody is getting unduly riled up about whose uninformed theory is more likely. It doesn’t matter whose uninformed theory is more likely.

          • If people only talked about things that mattered…

          • The comments speculating started because someone said it was their building and so that was scary. Which is entirely reasonable. Anon Spock pointing out that it looked like they came in together was to say, if that’s the case, the perp gaining entry to your building isn’t likely something you need to worry about for your safety in the building (that comment’s intent was clear to me, and wasn’t victim blaming.)

            Though that’s not necessarily so – when I saw the video, I wondered if she brought him home (not that that can’t result in assault, or is her fault) or whether he held the door for her and just followed her in (what someone else referred to as piggybacking.) Because that IS a scary thing to happen in your building – you assume the person at the desk won’t let in anyone that they don’t recognize as a resident, but what if the desk person thought that he was with her and he wasn’t? That IS something you don’t want happening in your builidng.

            And yes, I recognize that the victim may have been someone else entirely – and that if he piggybacked entry to the building (or even was with her and then left her place after awhile) and then either broke into another unit or tried and found an unlocked door (as people do do this looking for easy burglary opportunities or other crimes), that is also a scary thing.

            Clearly, we are curious, but the person who lives in the building is really curious, to know whether piggybacking in their building resulted in the crime. But others of us wonder too (probably most women), as we all probably let unthreatening-looking strangers into our buildings sometimes, especially if we are relying on the desk person to stop people unknown to them. (I know we shouldn’t, but lets say sometimes we do, and it can be hard to slam the door in the face of someone who is outwardly being nice by holding the door for you – attempting to do so might be risking verbal abuse or assault if the man gets angry about that.)

            Speculation is ALWAYS going to happen in the absence of any details about the crime, as we are all trying to know how we must act to keep ourselves safe from sexual assault. Maybe men don’t have to worry about his, but I assure you, Haile, that every woman thinks about this whenever she hears of such crime. We are always altering our behavior (don’t walk there, don’t walk there at this time, avoid passing this storefront, etc.) so as to try to keep ourselves safe in life. Not speculating what happened is NOT a luxury we have.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Thinking through scenarios that could happen to you in the future serves a purpose. Guessing what happened to somebody else in the past doesn’t.

          • HaileUnlikely

            p.s. If I am wrong, then please explain to me whether or how your opinion regarding letting a stranger piggyback into an apartment building or inviting somebody you just met home from the bar would change dependent upon the facts of this specific case.

  • dcgator

    Comments section lookin a lot like Seinfeld today…

  • If the victim met the perp at some public area, like a restaurant or bar, you can check their footage and perhaps they would have a clearer picture. The shirt color would stand out if someone were to watch the footage at a fast speed. Furthermore, it is very likely that the perp used a credit card if they met in some public area. If the video shows the perp handing a card over, you can match the time stamp with the credit card transaction in that time frame.

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