Female Georgetown Students Assaulted in Off Campus Home

The incident took place around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Two female Georgetown University students were assaulted by a male intruder around 3:45 a.m. Saturday in their offer campus home on the 3500 block of O Street, NW, according to a Department of Public Safety report (DPS).

The two students suffered minor injuries, according to the DPS report.

Georgetown University Police Chief Jay Gruber told Patch that the two women returned to their home, rented by a group of students, early Saturday morning and encountered an unknown man inside. Gruber explained that the women initially assumed he was a roommate’s friend. He asked to use the restroom, and when he came out the women questioned him. Gruber said the victims report that the intruder became “rude and obnoxious” when questioned. He punched both women and fled the house taking no stolen property with him.

Gruber’s main concern was that the house doors were left unlocked, making it easy for the intruder to enter the house. He said it is hard for officers to recognize a burglary when an intruder is able to walk right into a house.

“When you leave your door unlocked, it looks like the person belongs,” said Gruber.

Gruber told Patch that students need to play their part in reducing campus area crime by locking their doors. If house doors are not locked, “it leaves students very open to crime,” said Gruber.

According to the DPS website, the suspect is described as a 5-foot-10, 160 pound white male, approximately 21 years of age. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.

The intruder fled toward campus and the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the incident.

Charlie Eason October 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Gee, all the Georgetown University students I have heard about or met (maybe excluding the guy cooking meth or whatever in his dorm room) are intelligent men and women. Why does the simple notion that you need to lock your doors and windows seem to escape them so often? I'm glad to hear the victims in this case were not seriously injured, but the simple precaution of locking-up would have made this intrusion more difficult, if not prevented entirely. Perhaps this suggests a need for Personal Security 101 as a required course.


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