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Demarco Myles arrested, accused in Northeast assault

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A 19-year-old man was arrested in D.C. Friday in connection with two attacks against women in the city.

Demarco Myles of Northwest is accused in the assault of a woman at Rhode Island Row, located in the 2300 block of Washington Place, on Oct. 26. Investigators say the suspect forced his way into the victim's home after she answered the door. She was stabbed multiple times before the suspect fled the scene.

After the attack, police released surveillance footage of a man they then called a person of interest in the case.

Myles is also accused in the sexual assault of a woman on the campus of Howard University. Police say Myles entered a Howard dorm room on Nov. 2 at 1:15 p.m. According to investigators, the suspect displayed a knife and sexually assaulted the victim.

"This criminal committed violent attacks against women and we were eager to get him off our streets. Our detectives have been working around the clock since the first assault," said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. "Had we not located him, it is our belief that he would have continued to attack women."

Myles is charged with assault with the intent to commit first degree sexual assault while armed for the first attack and first degree sexual assault while armed for the second, police explained.

Lanier says Myles is not a student at Howard University.

Myles is being held without bond. Police won't say if the attacks Myles is accused of were random or targeted, but a judge has issued a court-protection order for the two victims, one of whom remains hospitalized.

Howard University is also conducting an internal investigation. The school will hold a town hall meeting Sunday to discuss safety issues.

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