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D.C. police investigating string of sexual abuse, assault cases

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Police are investigating a string of sexual abuse and assault cases where all the victims were walking when they were attacked in Washington, D.C.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said investigators do not believe the incidents are related but are not ruling it out. Four of the incidents span from Aug. 6-18.

Early Saturday morning, a woman was walking to her apartment building on the 1200 block of 7th Street, NW. Someone forced her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her around 12:15 a.m. The suspect then ran off.

“I mean it’s awful and it’s scary,” said Sohum Karia, a Northwest Washington resident. “I think it’s fairly safe in my own personal option. Having hear about the assault, I guess that anyplace can be unsafe especially at night.”

Just one week earlier on Aug. 11, another person was targeted when a man inappropriately touched a victim who was walking on the 1000 block of M Street, NW at 11:45 a.m. He also ran away but was caught by a nearby surveillance camera.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it?" said Anava Grabowski, a Warrenton resident. "That people do that, that they feel that they can do that, that they can come out and touch somebody. How does that happen in today’s world?”

On Aug. 6, just before 3 p.m., a woman was walking when a man sexually touched her and exposed himself. He was seen struggling to get the door open on the building she was in. The suspect faces misdemeanor sexual abuse and lewd and indecent acts charges.

Some of the women in the Northwest neighborhood said they are concerned with the attacks.

Across the city, Metro Police say a man sexually touched a victim at M and Half streets, SE near Navy Yard on Wednesday around 7 p.m. He was caught on surveillance video on a bicycle.

“A woman my age, when I’m out, I try to be very much aware of where I am, whose around me, what’s around me, but if at all possible, I’m with somebody,” Grabowski said.

Police are still looking for all of the suspects. Anyone who has information regarding these cases are asked to call police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C. currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for any crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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