Women Groped on Cherry Hill Lane; Park Police Question ‘Person of Interest’

Metropolitan Police reported that a woman was walking in the 3200 block of Cherry Hill Lane around 4 a.m. Aug. 12, when “an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and groped her. The suspect then fled.” Police described the man as a white or Hispanic male between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, with a slim build, last seen wearing a dark shirt and khaki pants. MPD asks anyone with a tip on this crime to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411. (Cherry Hill Lane is south of Grace Street; located parallel between the C&O Canal and K Street, west of Wisconsin Avenue.)

In a separate incident, the U.S. Park Police questioned a person along the C&O Canal Aug. 13 around 4 p.m. The individual appeared to match the description of a suspect who sexually a woman near the canal in July. The pursuit brought out officers, detectives, members of the SWAT team and a K-9 team as well as a helicopter which circled above the vicinity of Key Bridge and the canal.

After the show of force, most Park Police officers left the scene as detectives continued to question the individual. Officers declined to say whether the “person of interest” was suspected of being involved in the July 25 incident along the Capital Crescent Trail where a female jogger was choked and molested in the area north or Three Sisters Island or the July 7 sexual assault where the suspect led the victim onto the C&O Canal towpath just off of 31st Street and pushed the victim down into the bushes. The victim was able to get away from the suspect.

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