Police search for suspect in series of assaults near Georgetown

4 sex assaults in Georgetown in one month

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for a series of assaults that occurred within the last month.

Four women were allegedly attacked at knifepoint. Some were groped while the suspect exposed himself, others were tackled to the ground until a witness scared him away.

“It’s so awful and so horrible!” one person said.

Police said all of the assaults happened between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. between August 3 and Sept. 12.

Authorities do not have a good description of the suspect but said he was wearing a red hoodie and basketball shorts for most of the assaults.

“We all get the emails, you hear all the stories, but you don't think this is something that can happen to me," one female student said. 

A copy of that email circulated to all Georgetown students warned students of the attacks and reminded them to be safe.

“We were coming back from library at 3 a.m. and we were like, ‘Let's always walk with someone - never be alone,’" said another student.

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Jim Hilson is a Georgetown alum and now owns Saxby's coffee shop on the corner of 35 and O Streets in Northwest.

It was the scene of the latest attack Monday night.

“We do care about the Georgetown student community because we do see the same faces and become friendly with the students who live in this area,” he said. 

And while some would like to see more police presence on the blocks leading up to the campus gates, others say there are resources out there.

“There’s a service where a police van will pick you up and take you home safely and that service is available way past midnight,” said one student.

But all agreed, the real safety comes in numbers.


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