Chinatown neighborhood on edge after sexual assault

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Tucked away amidst the hustle and bustle that is Chinatown, there are condos that are home to hundreds of D.C. families, some of whom are on edge since the suspect in a brutal rape and robbery is still out there.

"They are absolutely nervous," said Mital Gandhi, the president of the condo association for the Residences of Gallery Place. "We're just a block away and it was like 5 o'clock in the morning, the start of a work day."

The brutal attack happened near 8th and H. In the early morning of July 25th
police say a woman in her twenties was pulled into an alley, punched, choked, raped and robbed. It was enough to make some who live in the area change their morning routine.

"It has given me reason to think twice," said Trudy Caldwell, resident. "I typically get out and walk that time of the morning, but I'm a little nervous about doing that."

It all took place behind a heavy metal door in a barely recognizable alleyway leading some to suspect the attacker knew his way around.

"It's very concerning anytime someone can prey on another person like that and know the ins and outs, almost as if they frequent the area," said Dolores Press, resident.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video looking for clues, but neighbors are hoping someone who was out that time of morning might remember a clue that could help police.

"It really touches you," explained Gandhi. "I have a wife and two year old and to have this happen a block away is really sad. We need to catch this guy."