This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Harald Olsen.
A 58-year-old man was assaulted with his own belt just a block away from Thurston Hall last weekend, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.
Two men accosted the victim on the sidewalk of 18th Street between F and G streets, took off his shoes and socks, and attempted to take off his pants before removing his belt and choking him, according to the report.
MPD officers discovered the victim lying on the sidewalk, after the suspects had thrown him to the ground and dragged him for several feet by the belt, still wrapped around his neck.
The two men then fled toward G Street, and one was arrested after the victim was able to positively identify him. Sheila Miller, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said that, as of Tuesday, no charges had been made in connection with the arrest.
The violent attack is one of 35 since Jan. 1 in Police Service Area 207, in which GW is located. The number of violent crimes in the area has increased 21 percent over the same period last year, according to MPD’s crime map Web site.