“At approximately 6:00 am, an adult male awoke to an unknown suspect in his home. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim at gunpoint”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Burglary One and First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed (Gun) offense that occurred in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue Southeast, on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

At approximately 6:00 am, an adult male awoke to an unknown suspect in his home. The suspect sexually assaulted the victim at gunpoint and then fled the location with some of the victim’s property. There were no signs of forced entry into the residence.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 5’8” in height, stocky build, approximately 200 lbs., medium to dark complexion, and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black T-shirt and black shorts. After a preliminary investigation, it is believed that the victim was intentionally targeted by the suspect.

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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  • The Google map location for 1200 Massachusetts Ave. SE is wrong. It’s actually right below Lincoln Park.

  • Ally

    No words. Thoughts are with the victim and hope they catch this creep soon. This is the second horrific sexual assault our neighborhood has had in the last year or two.

  • “….it is believed that the victim was intentionally targeted by the suspect.”

    This is really unclear and unhelpful language. By the very nature of the crime, the victim was “intentionally targeted” by the suspect. Do they mean that they knew each other from before?

    • It’s pretty clear. It obviously means that the suspect didn’t randomly select a victim. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they knew each other, though that could be the case.

      • I still don’t think it’s clear or understand how it’s supposed to be useful. If the two knew each other, that would make me feel a little safer, though no less sorry for the victim. The mere fact that the perp “didn’t randomly select” the victim (whatever that means) doesn’t change anything.

        • It means there’s no indication that the general public is at risk of being random sexually assaulted by this suspect. You may or may not find this useful, but the meaning really is quite clear.

    • That sounds like bs police speak victim blaming and trying to stop people from freaking out.

      • How is the victim blamed exactly? Targeting someone doesn’t mean the victim knows the person.

        • +1

          Targeted could mean a host of things from following one home from the metro or a local business to randomly identifying an unsuspecting or distracted individual and not necessarily a casual encounter gone wrong.

      • Don’t really see how acknowledging that the victim was a victim and was the target of a violent crime can be read as victim blaming. I do think it is meant to generally assure the public that random violence isn’t the issue here. Hopefully it even means they have a person of interest or outright suspect.

      • It’s definitely not victim-blaming.

    • If he tries windows until he finds one that’s unlocked, that’s not intentionally targeting, obviously.
      Knew or knew of the victim beforehand.

    • I was thinking it was an anonymous online hookup gone wrong.

  • Linc Park SE

    There is no 1200 block of Mass Ave – it’s E Cap NE and E Cap SE on either side of the park. No wonder the police can never find a crime scene when responding to a call

  • I would think that the issue of his being targeted may have related to the suspicion or knowledge by the perp that the victim was a gay man.

    • whoa. that’s a whole lot of speculation there. reel it in.

      • I am an out gay man. Specific groups, including gay men, can be referred to as being “targeted” due to the perception that they are members of the group. Since they don’t say why he was “targeted” how could our suggestions be anything but speculation? I think that it would be very helpful if the police said why he was “targeted”. It is possible that the victim didn’t want that to be I the release. Oops, I’m speculating again.

    • Sexual assault/rape has nothing to do with sexuality. It’s about power. For instance, many men who have abused boys identify as straight and/or have had relationships with adult women.

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