Police investigate Northeast sexual assault

D.C. police are increasing patrol in Northeast following a series of sexual assaults, including one this week where the victim was forced to perform a sex act at gunpoint.

"I think that's awful…," said neighbor Charlie Solomon. "...I want 'em to catch 'em. I don't want him on this street."

Solomon lives next door to the vacant home on{ }Gault Place NE where police said a man riding a mountain bike attacked a 23-year-old woman early Tuesday.

According to the police report, the suspect forced her behind the house at gunpoint and raped her. Afterwards, she managed to get to Minnesota Avenue, where she called 911.

This latest assault happened around 6:40 a.m., which is about the same time of morning an attack occurred on 46th Place NE back in Dec. During that crime, a 20-year-old woman was walking to the Benning Road Metro Station when police said a masked man raped her in the vestibule of an apartment building.

D.C. police said detectives are investigating several sexual assaults in Northeast that date back to Aug. At this point, officials said the evidence does not indicate that the same man is preying upon women.

The commander of the 6th district said he is stepping up patrols in the area as a matter of public safety.