Photo by PoPville flickr user brendan.o
This past Friday at 11:30 p.m., I was walking alone west on the north side of U Street. I was between 17th & Florida, which has narrow sidewalks & is dimly lit. I was nearly at Florida when a group of approximately 6 or 7 young teens began walking towards me. They moved into single file to let me pass & then very unexpectedly, one of them punched me in the face. Thankfully when I started to scream, they ran off. I managed to escape with a fat lip & a sore jaw. I called 911 immediately and filed a police report. I hope that this random act of violence does not become the norm here, but thought I would share it so that people are more aware of their surroundings.