Woman sexually assaulted in Burleith is latest incident in a Georgetown-area crime spike

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Violent Crimes in Georgetown Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010
Violent Crimes in Georgetown Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010
A 26-year-old woman was sexually assaulted early yesterday morning at the 2000 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW.  The women fought off her attacker, who fled.

Second District officers apprehended James Arthur Bush, 55, in the area of 35th and S streets shortly after 5:00 a.m.. After the young woman positively identified Bush, police arrested and charged him with third-degree sexual assault. Bush has no fixed address.

Over the past month, there has been a rising crime trend in the Georgetown area. From Sept. 6 to Oct. 6, violent crime in Georgetown spiked tenfold compared to the same dates in 2009; there was one violent crime in 2009 compared to ten in 2010.  The violent crimes in Georgetown from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6
Total violent crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009 (Photo by: MPD) Total violent crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009
were mostly concentrated east of Wisconsin Avenue.
 
Two other violent attacks took place just blocks away from Georgetown in the West End during the early hours of  Saturday morning.

At 3:30 a.m., a woman reported to the Metropolitan Police that a Hispanic man started harassing her and a friend inside of "an establishment" on the 2300 block of L Street NW. The woman described the man as about 6 feet 4 inches tall, 400 lbs., with short black hair and brown eyes.

While she and her friend walked out, the man approached and began arguing with them. He struck one woman's face knocking her unconscious and then drove away in a blue Ford Expedition with Virginia plates. He was wearing black pants and a black shirt.

Fifteen minutes later, at 3:45 a.m., three different victims said they were arguing with a man on the 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. According to the victims, the man - described as between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall, Hispanic, with a bald head - closed his fist and punched each of them in the face. He then fled on foot.

During the rash of iPhone robberies in late Sept., Metropolitan Police Commander Matthew Klein told the Dish,"We have stepped up patrols in the area, and I have personally posted a few warnings on the various listservs warning folks that their iPhones are being targeted by thieves."

Since we last spoke with Klein, there have been no iPhone robberies in Georgetown according to the MPD's website, but Vox Populi reported that on Thursday between 1:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., a home on the 3800 block of S Street was burglarized. The unknown suspects entered the home through an unlocked rear door, and then stole “a laptop, credit cards, and two televisions.”

Police are asking Georgetown residents for their help. Anyone with information about these or other attacks in the Georgetown area should call (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).
 
If you'd like to give an anonymous tip to D.C. Crime Solvers, call 1-866-411-TIPS or text  50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

 
All maps refer only to crime during Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010 and 2009.

Theft crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009 (Photo by: MPD) Theft crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009

Theft crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010 (Photo by: MPD) Theft crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010

Burglary Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010 (Photo by: MPD) Burglary Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010

Property crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009 (Photo by: MPD) Property crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2009

Property crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010 (Photo by: MPD) Property crime Sept. 6 - Oct. 6, 2010