WEB UPDATE: Woman claiming sexual assault not believed to be student

Posted Wednesday, July 6, 10:30 p.m. A young woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in Foggy Bottom after walking home from Monday’s Fourth of July fireworks show is likely not a student, a GW spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The female complainant, who was walking with her boyfriend until they got into a dispute and separated, said she was approached by a black middle-aged male asking for money around 1:15 a.m., according to a Metropolitan Police account. After the woman declined to give him money, the man, who is believed to be homeless, reportedly followed her into a wooded area on the 900 block of 26th Street and assaulted her.

Although the alleged incident happened just outside of campus, University media relations director Tracy Schario said she does not believe the young woman was affiliated with the University.

“To my knowledge, there is no GW connection,” Schario wrote in an e-mail.

MPD public information officer Junis Fletcher said that an arrest has not been made and police did not have any additional information about the case as of Wednesday.

“At this point the best way to phrase it is that the case is still under investigation,” he said.

Tuesday’s reported incident was the second assault in Foggy Bottom within the past three months. In May, an 83-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and robbed in broad daylight by a drifter on the 700 block of 24th Street. Two weeks after the May 3 beating, which was captured by a security camera, the man was arrested and charged.

Schario said the safest way for students to travel at night in D.C. is to remain in groups and take advantage of 4-RIDE and other University services. The 4-RIDE escort service runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night and transports students around Foggy Bottom and its immediate environs.

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