A man who broke into a woman’s apartment in Northeast Washington on Friday afternoon tried to sexually assault the victim before stabbing her several times, according to D.C. police.
The new information about the attack in an apartment complex called Rhode Island Row, in the 2300 block of Washington Place NE, was provided in a statement from D.C. police that contains surveillance photos and video of a possible suspect.
Police said the man knocked on the woman’s door about 1:50 p.m. and when she started to open it, he forced his way inside. Police said the woman fought back when she was attacked and then stabbed.
The victim’s condition is not considered life-threatening, police said.
Rhode Island Row consists of two apartment buildings next to the Rhode Island Metro stop. A spokeswoman for the management company said on Friday that one building has a doorman, while access to the building in which the attack occurred is controlled by a key card that also allows residents to doors to stairs and operate the elevator.
The video provided by police shows a man with sunglasses on top of his head, holding a white bag with one hand talking on a cell phone with another.
In the first video, he’s seen walking out of the Rhode Island Metro and onto the street. A second video shows him getting onto an elevator and immediately pressing a button for an upper floor. The elevator doors don’t close and he gets off. The location is not identified; it’s not clear if this is at the apartment where the woman was attacked.
Anyone with information is urged to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.