Two Incidents of Kidnapping and Sexual Abuse

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects in connection with a Kidnapping and First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred in the 600 block of T Street, Northwest.

On Saturday, July 31, 2016, at approximately 12:00 am, while walking in the area of 600 T Street, Northwest, the victim was approached by two suspects. The suspects kidnapped the victim, and took her to the rear of the 3200 block of 28th Street, Southeast, where she was sexually assaulted.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect one is described as a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, light complexion, low haircut, wearing a brown polo style shirt, blue jeans, and a hat.

Suspect two is described as a black male, in his late twenties to early thirties in age, dark complexion, low haircut, and plastic black oval shaped eyeglasses.

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 Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three suspects in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault offense that occurred in the area of Montana and Saratoga Avenue, Northeast.

On Thursday, July 28, 2016, at approximately 8:00 am, while walking in the area of Montana Avenue, Northeast, the victim was abducted by three suspects. The suspects were last seen operating a dark colored SUV or van, where they drove the victim to an undisclosed location and sexually assaulted her.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect one is described as a Hispanic male, light complexion, approximately 38-years-old, 5’3” in height, 150 lbs., dark hair. He has a tattoo of a motorcycle with flames, and the word “DIE, DIE” on his neck.

Suspect two is described as a black male, dark complexion, 38-years-old, 6’0” in height, with shoulder length dreadlocks. He has a tattoo on his right wrist that reads “Wizzy Gang.”

Suspect three is described as a black male, light complexion, 22-years-old. He has a tattoo of a skull, with the words “Murder Gang.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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  • I am very impressed that the victim in case #2 was able to notice and and remember all of those details in the midst of a horrific and scary experience. The details about the tattoo wording and location should lead to these suspects being captured FAST.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing. Kudos to her, that’s incredible.

    • +1. Really incredible in such awful circumstances.

    • Textdoc, I logged in to comment the same. Props to the victim for remembering at least one incredibly identifiable tattoo on each of her assailants. I’d like to think I would make a good witness, but it’s impossible to know how you will react until you’re in that situation. Also, while both assaults are mortifying, to have one happen at 8am on a weekday is … I don’t know the right word. I hope they arrest the scum from both assaults quickly and that the victims get the help they need to recover.

      • Midnight on a Saturday night right next to the Howard Theater is pretty much just as disturbing. There have to have been quite a few people around. So scary.

        • There were quite a few people around, and I was one of them. I sauntered past the theater with a friend at about 11:45, and the place was brightly lit, with lots of people hanging around enjoying the post-rain evening.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Ditto. I would like to think that I would make a good witness, but having been robbed at gunpoint twice, I am cognizant of the fact that I do not make a good witness.

    • The news also just said that the victim in case #2 was able to remember so many details because she was held for DAYS?! Did I hear that right? That is REALLY SCARY.

  • Lion of LeDroit

    Intolerable. 600 T Street is in the heart of LeDroit Park / Shaw, in a lovely family-filled neighborhood near a very busy street and intersection. Would it be too much to ask for our mayor and city council to allocate more of the city’s increasingly robust income and property tax-generated revenue towards investment in public safety, including far more resources devoted to hiring and retaining more and higher quality police personnel.

    • But we’re using that $650 million to provide housing for 150 homeless families in All 8 Wards. When you spend that kind of money, there have to be trade-offs.

      • Oh I guess you’re ok with DC United and the Wizards still getting their land and facilities bought and paid for by DC residents? The bigger issue is subsidizing sports/entertainment industry to the detriment of Police/Fire/EMS and victim blaming homeless people. Ted Leonsis and MLS aren’t going poor. They don’t need our tax dollars.

        I say we put up some more red light/speeding cameras on major road arteries entering DC from MD/VA and fund the hiring of 10,000 new police, fire, and EMT resources. DC’s population has EXPLODED and services like Police/Fire/EMS have not increased to match the growth rate.

        • Actually I’m not. Those are also huge wastes of money. The job of government should be making the city liveable first, then they can waste money on these ‘legacy’ projects (or, giveaways to developers who supported the Bowser campaign, if you don’t want to mince words).

    • Intolerable in any neighborhood.

    • Hi! Agreed that its hard to imagine that this happened in our area. But I agree with other commenters that this type of behavior is intolerable anywhere. I worry so much about all of our neighbors, in Ledroit and beyond. Am also so tired of being frustrated without knowing what would be the most cost effective way to help to address all of this.

    • I absolutely agree – they need to have a much stronger police presence on that corner. I’m a woman who’s lived in the area for a while and this intersection is really unavoidable walking home from the bars, restaurants or metro back to LeDroit park. Unfortunately this intersection is also constantly filled with creepy leering men that are there at all hours, and it gets really desolate at night. Come on DC police help us out! We need a safe route home!

    • I agree that this is intolerable, but it might not be a random abduction off the street. She may have voluntarily left with one (or more) of the men, thinking she would be getting a ride home. She may been deceived. She may actually know one of the men and the police are not yet releasing the name.
      Let’s not call for the heads of MPD officers just yet. There’s a strong possibility that there was no possible way for MPD to prevent this.

      • I’m not inclined to question the MPD when they report it as kidnapping, or the victim wen she reports it as kidnapping. Seems you feel differently and that disappoints me

        • To be fair, the details are a little ambiguous here. A ride home could turn into a kidnapping, much as a makeout session could turn into a rape. It could be helpful to know the method these guys used to get the women in their automobiles. Snatch and grab, sparked up a conversation and attacked from behind, offered a ride, etc.?

          • The point of the press release is mainly to alert residents that a crime happened, and to give them a lookout for the suspects. It’s not to provide a step-by-step description of how the crime happened, with the idea of educating the public in the hope of preventing future such crimes.
            .
            I don’t think I’m the one jumping to conclusions here. If anyone is, it’s Anonymous 1:59, who is speculating in a way that strikes me as odd.
            .
            When I read “[W]hile walking in the area of 600 T Street, Northwest, the victim was approached by two suspects. The suspects kidnapped the victim”… I assume that the victim was approached by two strangers and was kidnapped. The other description is a little more vague (“[W]hile walking in the area of Montana Avenue, Northeast, the victim was abducted by three suspects”), but I don’t see anything to imply/suggest that these assaults were committed by someone the victim knew.

        • Agreed. Sheesh, take the description at face value instead of immediately questioning the victim’s credibility.

          • Conclusion jump much? Nowhere here did Anonymous question the credibility of the victim. It’s like you’re just making stuff up so you can be offended.

          • Oops.. this landed in the wrong place. I meant to post it here:

            The point of the press release is mainly to alert residents that a crime happened, and to give them a lookout for the suspects. It’s not to provide a step-by-step description of how the crime happened, with the idea of educating the public in the hope of preventing future such crimes.
            .
            I don’t think I’m the one jumping to conclusions here. If anyone is, it’s Anonymous 1:59, who is speculating in a way that strikes me as odd.
            .
            When I read “[W]hile walking in the area of 600 T Street, Northwest, the victim was approached by two suspects. The suspects kidnapped the victim”… I assume that the victim was approached by two strangers and was kidnapped. The other description is a little more vague (“[W]hile walking in the area of Montana Avenue, Northeast, the victim was abducted by three suspects”), but I don’t see anything to imply/suggest that these assaults were committed by someone the victim knew.

          • “I assume that the victim was approached by two strangers and was kidnapped.”
            .
            Why? It’s speculation to assume that. And it doesn’t help anyone to understand what happened. You also implicitly assume that if the perp were known to the victim that the description would have indicated that somehow. Again, why do you assume that? Your assumptions are as speculative as anyone else’s, no matter how valid you think they are.
            .
            And the point of the press release is not “mainly to alert residents that a crime happened, and to give them a lookout for the suspects”, it’s mainly to ask for the public’s assistance in case anyone remembers seeing something relevant. That’s why it begins with “The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance…” and ends with “Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police…”

          • anonymous, if it helps clarify a bit, I just heard NBC Washington’s 5pm news say that the the victim in the second case (in NE) was drawn into speaking with the suspects who were in the SUV when they grabbed her. I’m sure there will be more on this on the news this evening.

        • And I’m not questioning that this is a kidnapping, so why put words in my mouth?
          Nothing I’ve stated is inconsistent with a kidnapping. This is definitely a kidnapping – a person was taken against her will, bar none. I’m not excusing a heinous crime in the least bit. However, I am questioning whether placing a cop on every corner in this area would have prevented this incident. I don’t think the proposed solution is necessarily the right one. Nor am I quick to blame the MPD in the absence of decent facts about the case.

      • Was it her fault because she wore a short skirt too? Go to hell you misogynist prick.

        • Totally inappropriate insult from someone who clearly missed the point.

          • agreed. very uncalled for. a valid point was made re: unknown facts and police’s ability to prevent this one particular crime. no one was victim blaming. neighbor doesn’t seem to tolerate discussion.

          • Agreed here too. It’s a response to the suggestion that insufficient policing is the problem. The point is that if the victim got into the car willingly, either because she knew her attacker or for some other reason, a police officer could have been standing right there watching it happen and it would not have helped. Because neither the victim nor the police would have realized that the victim was about to be kidnapped. He never said she wasn’t kidnapped or that it was her fault.

          • The moral torpidity of an internet commenter who’s first instinct is to question the credibility of a poor woman who was kidnapped off the street, driven across town, and sexually assaulted is just astonishing.
            .
            This is not unique. Just this weekend there was a story on the listserv of a woman who was assaulted at gunpoint at 11th and Fairmont (?) and who’s assailant demanded she perform oral sex.

          • Actually neighbor, I never questioned the credibility of the poor woman who was assaulted. I was responding to LionofLedroit’s assertion that somehow flooding the area with police would have prevented this. And, btw, I totally agree with LionofLedroit that we need to hire more police; MPD is chronically under-staffed.
            You really do seem to have a reading comprehension problem, but kudos for dropping an LSAT word into your tangential response.

        • I think you’re the same person who jumped on me. If you can’t handle commentary on assault posts, maybe you should just skip them or take a forum break until you’re better able to read and comprehend what’s going on around you. I’m sure coming off like a maniac isn’t your intention.

          • Neighbor isn’t the only reader your posts rub the wrong way.

          • I don’t think neighbor can handle comments on any post. neighbor is also the one who said that 99% of service dogs are fake emotional support dogs… eye-roll.

          • Different anon- the issue isn’t whether my posts “rubbed her the wrong way”, but neighbor seems to misunderstand posts completely then jump off the deep end on the follow-up comments. Before you can eviscerate a commenter, you should have a very firm grasp on what was written. Just my opinion.

    • This neighborhood gets no MPD love because it sits at the borders of wards 1, 2, 5, & 6 – and our CMs are more interested in getting police coverage in their ‘core’ neighborhoods. We need to agitate directly to MPD, our neighborhood commissioners and the mayor to make this happen. Eckington, Blooming, Shaw and LeDroit Park are a total shitshow at the moment.

  • Is this a new thing, or just a coincidence? I haven’t heard about this being a common occurrence around here. Pretty terrifying.

    • +1. At first I wondered if they were related but then I read the descriptions of the suspects. If it is a coincidence, it’s an odd and scary coincidence, indeed. (Part of me wonders if this was some kind of gang initiation or gang war thing? But I don’t know much about this.)

      • I can’t imagine that they are completely unrelated.

        • Why? The suspect descriptions are completely different and they are in completely different parts of town. They were both perpetrated by men if that’s what you mean.

  • Well this is totally terrifying.

  • The second makes me especially sad, because I live less than 2 blocks away, and walk my dog past that spot twice a day — including around 8 am. I’m usually busy chiding myself for oversleeping, thinking about my meetings and encouraging my dog to walk a little faster, and so now I’m like “was I earlier or later that morning … I wonder if she’s one of the regular people I see in the mornings…” definitely going to print out this description and give it to the other people I see walking their dogs in the area.

  • So how long until we find out that one or more of these scum balls are out on “bail” or cut their ankle tracker off

  • I live right there at the corner of 6th and T. Friday nights are busy and there is usually a lot traffic in this intersection. I wish I could have seen it, I wish I would have been outside and been able to try to do something. Very disturbing…

    I suppose it’s time to finally install some security cameras.

  • I wish they would give more details about how it happened, just so people can be vigilant, like did they offer a ride home, did they grab her from behind, had they been following her?
    I get that they may not be able to release all the details, but if possible I personally want to know how it happened, logistics wise, in an effort to be safer.

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