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Woman reports being raped by gunman in Southeast D.C.

A gunman forced a woman her off a public street and into bushes in Southeast Washington on Tuesday, then drugged and raped her, the woman told police.

The woman told detectives she woke up naked, her clothes scattered, near Good Hope and Naylor roads about seven hours after the attack, according to Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman.

Police have no suspects or description of the attacker. Alali said the woman said she was attacked about 11 p.m. Tuesday. She reported being pulled into bushes and pushed to the ground.

She told police the man took a liquid substance from his pocket and held it under her nose, causing her to become dizzy and pass out, according to Alali. She told authorities she woke up about 6 a.m. on Wednesday and notified police shortly before 8 a.m.

D.C. police said on Thursday they are trying to verify her story and that medical tests are pending.

The area where the attack occurred is lined with strip shopping centers and stores. There is a triangular-shaped grassy median with trees where Naylor and Good Hope roads meet.

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