Student arrested for assaulting woman by Washington Circle

A GW student was arrested Monday night for allegedly assaulting a 35-year-old woman at 12:12 a.m., according to the University Police Department.

Both UPD and Metropolitan Police reports state that a male student ran up to the woman near the GW Hospital on Washington Circle and tackled her to the ground. The student then fled the scene, but two witnesses and an MPD squad car chased him down.

MPD officers handcuffed the student and took him to the downtown police station, where he was held on the charge of simple assault.

UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said that the student did not make bail and probably spent the night in jail. Both Stafford and the MPD report stated that the student appeared to be highly intoxicated.

Senior Matthew Wade witnessed the event from his City Hall window.

“I saw this dude with this big jacket run down the street,” Wade said. “He was yelling for the cops.”

A witness interviewed by MPD and who identified himself only as “Toppings” said he and his friend were the ones who chased down the student.

“We were walking out of the Metro and the gentleman ran across Washington Circle and tackled the lady,” he said.

Both witnesses were dressed in Minnesota Vikings jerseys and wore foam Viking horns on their heads. The alleged victim was wearing a Redskins jersey.

According to the MPD report, the woman said she experienced back soreness but refused medical treatment.

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