CRIME

Police: Woman sexually assaulted, robbed in Park View neighborhood in Northwest D.C.

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By Ashley Coleman

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman early Saturday morning in the 600 block of Irving Street in Northwest.

Officers say a woman was walking there around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a man wearing a black mask forced her into an alley at gunpoint, sexually assaulted her, and robbed her.

News of the crime surprised many in the Park View neighborhood, a place many -- including Ernestine Randolph - have called home for years.

"Fourteen years, never had a problem," Randolph says.

But this weekend, her sense of security was shattered. Randolph's home backs up to the alley where police say the assault happened.

"I'm really shocked. I really am," Randolph says.

"Definitely concerned. I have a lot of female friends in the neighborhood. They're independent. They walk alone," says Tom Tran, a Park View resident.

Leah Gage never thinks twice about a mid-day run through the neighborhood. But she says she's always careful when she's alone.

"It's awful. I mean of course it's awful," Gage says. "Well, I wouldn't walk around in an alley at night. I was just running through here, I felt fine. It's daytime."

But knowing there's still a suspect on the run does concern her and others.

"I feel like this neighborhood is close knit and they're going to band together to find this person," Tran says.

"I hope and pray to God that they catch him," Randolph says.

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