November 27, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Woman assaulted in Friendship Heights

A woman walking along a major road in the Friendship Heights neighborhood Wednesday night was robbed, forced into an alley and sexually assaulted, D.C. police said.

The attack occurred about 11 p.m. in the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW. Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said a man approached the woman from behind and stuck an object in her back.

Police said the man took money and then forced her into an alley where he sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to give police only a scant description of a man in his 40s or 50s wearing an olive-green coat.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Man, 52, fatally struck by truck off I-495 exit

A 52-year-old Prince George’s man died Wednesday morning after a pickup truck hit him in a roadway in Forestville.

Eugene Crawford Anderson was in the roadway as the pickup truck was exiting Interstate 495 to merge onto Pennsylvania Avenue, police said. The driver then struck Anderson.

Police said it was raining, and Anderson was wearing dark clothing when the truck hit him. The driver stayed on the scene, police said.

An investigation is continuing and it was unclear whether charges will be filed.

— Lynh Bui

Rockville man charged
in robbery, kidnapping

Montgomery County police arrested a Rockville man who they say bound a bank employee’s arms and legs before forcing him into the trunk of a car and robbing the bank.

Michael Patrick, 45, of the 1200 block of Autre Court, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of kidnapping, county police said.

Police said that on Oct. 29 after 9 a.m., a robber confronted an employee from the SunTrust Bank in the 1400 block of Rockville Pike in a parking garage. The employee had just come back to the parking garage after opening the bank that day.

Police said the robber forced the man into a vehicle at gunpoint. He later bound the victim’s arms and legs and placed him in the trunk, police said.

Police said the assailant then drove to the SunTrust bank and took the victim out of the car. He forced the victim to enter the bank using his keys.

Once inside, police said, the robber confronted a second employee and took money from the cash drawer.

Police said Patrick has also been charged with armed robberies that occurred in August and October at the Dollar Tree in the 1700 block of East Jefferson Street in Rockville.

— Dana Hedgpeth

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