News and Analysis

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 3:43 p.m.

Sexual assault reported near Washington Circle

Updated 6:49 p.m.

A woman reported that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown man near Washington Circle early Wednesday morning, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said.

Lt. Nicholas Breul said at about 1:45 a.m. a woman reported that a man forced a woman in her 20s to have “sexual intercourse against her will” in the 2300 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue. This area is near City Hall.

Breul is unable to comment if the woman is a student at GW, citing laws about victim’s privacy.

Breul suspect in the case is described as a Hispanic man, about 5’8” to 5’9” and about 135 to 140 pounds with short, black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. As of Wednesday evening, MPD has not made an arrest in this case.

A Crime Alert was sent to the GW community late Wednesday evening, after MPD informed the University Police Department of the crime Wednesday.

“The safety of the GW community is a top priority for GWPD. In the event of a serious incident which may pose an on-going threat to members of the GW community, a blast email Crime Alert is sent to students and employees on campus,” UPD Chief Kevin Hay said. “ In this particular case, GWPD learned of the alleged assault today from the Metropolitan Police Department. Once we received details of the crime, GWPD issued a crime alert.”

The crime occurred “outside on the street,” Breul said. He reminded students that at “2’oclock in the morning, Pennsylvania Avenue is a pretty desolate place” and encouraged students to be “very aware of their surroundings.”

This conflicts earlier reports from the Examiner who said the crime occurred Tuesday morning.

  • Concerned Female GW Student

    While the University constantly prides itself on it’s 4-RIDE escort service, and emphasizes the recommendation to use 4-RIDE in every blast crime alert the campus receives, the 4-RIDE service is clearly ineffective in protecting students from being victimized on and around campus. It is disgraceful that when calling 4-RIDE on a Tuesday evening, one must wait on hold for 15 minutes, and then another 15 for a 4-RIDE to even show up. It is no wonder so much crime occurs on campus. If the University uses the 4-RIDE service as a reliable method of preventing crime, it is about time the service is actually made “reliable.”

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