Man Sexually Assaulted and Robbed near Meridian Hill Park

by Prince Of Petworth August 5, 2016 at 9:40 am 7 Comments

meridian hill
via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects in reference to a First Degree Sexual Abuse and Armed Robbery (Knife) offense that occurred in the 2400 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

At approximately 2:00 am, an adult male was walking in the area of 2400 block of 15th Street Northwest, when he was approached by the suspects who forced him to some nearby bushes. While displaying a knife, the first suspect sexually assaulted and robbed the victim of his property.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1- a black male, 25 years of age, 5’8”- 6’2” in height, about 160 pounds, curly hair, beard, and wearing a white shirt, black jeans, and eyeglasses.

Suspect 2- a black male, 25 years of age, 5’3″ in height, about 145 pounds, and wearing blue jeans, a black sweat shirt, and baseball cap.

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.”


    Wow, scary stuff. I thought this park was getting better, though most places in DC probably aren’t great for strolling at 2am…

    • FridayGirl

      Yeah, this is scary. Am I the only one who feels like there has been a sudden uptick in sexual assaults? I thought I heard on the news the other day that there had only been a few this year — but it seems like half of them have been in the past week!
      Also, a good reminder to all that even in the safest places it is smart to avoid parks after dark if possible, no matter your gender. (And to be very, very aware of your surroundings if you live near a park and are walking home at night — I know two people who have been mugged at gunpoint right outside their apartments near a park.)

      • anon

        I wish there was better data on this, but the most current data is from 2012 which showed that there were actually 236 forcible rapes. Curious about the current to date data. I wouldn’t really say that it is a sudden uptick. It’s more just about which ones are getting publicized vs. strictly reported. Which is really unfortunate, wish we saw less of these.

      • Jill

        It sounds like it happened on the street, not in the park. I used to live at 16th and Euclid and avoided parking on, or traveling through, 15th Street whenever possible. For someone reason I felt a lot less safe there than I did one block over (I think it had to do with the lighting).

  • Anonynon

    wow. wtf.

  • msus

    I lived on that block of 15th St for 5 years. Never had any problems personally but one time woke up in middle of night hearing a woman get robbed right outside my building. Only time I’ve had to call 911.

    There are a couple spots on that block where it’s easy to hide and jump out at someone walking down the street…

  • kittycatbob

    So sorry to hear this and my thoughts are with the victim.


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