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“In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 13, 2017 at 11:05 am 17 Comments

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Update on Wednesday’s post “I witnessed what I believe to be a sexual assault at 15th & T Sts NW today at approx 8:30am.” Following is a full release from MPD (and props to MPD who reached out to us immediately to get in touch with the victim and witness):

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with multiple Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred in the Third District:

* 1900 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am. CCN: 17-006-483

* Unit block of Logan Circle, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm. CCN: 17-006-102

* 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am. CCN: 17-006-367

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s to 50’s, 5’2” to 5’5″ in height, heavy build, dark complexion, and a full trimmed beard. He was wearing a red flannel type shirt. In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.

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.”

  • stacksp

    I was shocked to see this as a Top story on Fox 5 this morning.

  • cate

    ugh, I saw him on 15th and R on Wednesday. Wish I had called the cops.

    • AsAMother

      You still can. They are actively interviewing witnesses, the detective is very much on top of the case.

  • zipdc

    I wanted to comment on the last thread to thank everyone not just for reporting this and other similar instances but for your stories about how your reports were addressed. I was surprised to hear all of your accounts of the police/courts listening, helping, and taking action. I guess I just assume this kind of thing would elicit a shrug, but hearing that it’s taken seriously (at least for the ones of you who wrote) really lifted me up. Let’s hope they get this guy.

    • anondad

      I think there are some bad apples that will shrug / victim-blame. That’s why it’s all the more important to publicize when MPD reacts appropriately. I’d be more likely to push back on shrug / victim-blame if I knew it was unacceptable to MPD.

    • AnonPetworth

      I was one of those commentors on Wednesday. What I didn’t include, for brevity’s sake, was that my special victims detective not only took me seriously, but repeatedly THANKED ME for reporting because they consider groping to be a textbook “gateway crime” to felony-levels of sexual assault and it is very rare for women (or men!) to report it, even though we all know it happens a lot. And in case you need an extra reason to go through with reporting and testifying, your testimony against your assailant to help ensure a conviction makes future sexually-based cases against that person much easier because they are more likely to get plea deals out of repeat offenders and that spares future victims from having to testify (and relive possibly far more traumatizing types of sexual assault).

  • ET

    These incidents are likely just the tip of the iceberg I suspect which is likely what they cops may be thinking as well. That and he may do even worse things if he hasn’t already.

    • textdoc

      +1.

  • Petworth dude

    Man, I can’t wait until MPD arrests this a-hole and the US Attorney’s Office lets him go!

    • AsAMother

      You’re really incredibly unhelpful.

      • aPhamDC

        It’s the truth!

  • carol

    i am glad its is being taken seriously. If there are 3 reports then I bet there is more. A lot of time women do not know they can go to the police for this kind of assault. I was groped when i was about 15 in a similar manner and because is was quick and not violent I did not think it was a crime. I am really glad this kind of stuff gets a lot of media coverage now and I was happy to read a comment from yesterday’s post that someone else’s experience was taken very seriously by law enforcement.

  • BluJWay33

    I’m almost certain this is the same guy that groped a young woman walking in front of me in the West End on November 7. I initially thought he was going for her purse, but instead he just reached out and cupped her left breast. She screamed at him and he just kept walking past us as if nothing had happened. I wasn’t sure if I should follow him or stay with her, but I decided calling the cops was priority #1 and unfortunately never got a photo of him. I had to speak to the police for her because she was just completely inconsolable. The cops showed up quickly and circled the area but couldn’t find him. The incident happened directly in front of the Social Security Admin building at 2100 M Street.

  • “Groped her against her will?????” Does any woman ever “willingly” get groped???

  • aPhamDC

    He was recently stopped and identified.

    • SexAssaultWitness

      where did you hear this news?

    • An arrest was made – from MPD Saturday:

      “Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the following Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse offenses that occurred in the Third District:

      · 1900 block of 15th Street, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am. CCN: 17-006-483

      · Unit block of Logan Circle, Northwest on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm. CCN: 17-006-102

      · 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am. CCN: 17-006-367

      In all three offenses, the suspect approached the victim and groped her against her will.

      On Friday, January 13, 2017, at approximately 10:40 pm, members of the Third District’s Crime Suppression Team located 57-year-old Michael Hilliard of no fixed address. After an investigation by the Sexual Assault Unit, he was arrested and charged with three counts of Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse.”

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