Local digest: Chinatown sexual assault; shooting victim identified; child porn charges

THE DISTRICT
Woman assaulted
in Chinatown area

A woman was attacked around dawn Thursday, forced into an alley in Chinatown and sexually assaulted, according to District police.

Authorities released few details but said the woman may have been waiting at a bus stop when she was approached by a man about 5 a.m. in the 700 block of H Street NW.

Police said the man came up behind the woman and forced her into an alley near a restaurant.

The block is near Chinatown’s main strip, and H Street is usually well populated. The attack occurred two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station and two blocks south of Mount Vernon Square.

It was the first sexual assault reported this year in the 24-square-block area that includes Chinatown, according to police statistics. This year, there have been 36 unarmed robberies and one armed robbery in that area, a significant decrease from the same period last year.

Police described the attacker as a black male about 24 years old, with a dark complexion and a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray pants and black shoes. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the tip line at 50411.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Alexandria shooting victim identified

The man shot and killed Wednesday inside the stairwell of an Alexandria condominium building has been identified as Bradley Bostick, police said.

Bostick, 40, lived in the 400 block of North Armistead Road at the Seasons Condominium complex. Police who responded to the complex for the report of a shooting found a man with an apparent gunshot wound about 5:30 p.m., said Lt. Mark Bergin, a police spokesman.

Police did not offer any information on a motive or suspect.

— Trishula Patel

Visit to police leads to child porn charges

A Woodbridge man allegedly received a warning on his computer while viewing child pornography online. The message, Prince William County police said, was an “FBI Warning,” which supposedly told him to click and pay a fine or risk being investigated.

So Jay Matthew Riley, 21, went to Prince William’s Garfield District Station to ask whether he had any warrants on file for child pornography, police said. They said he brought his computer with him.

The warning was a scam, police said. But when authorities searched Riley’s computer and, after obtaining a search warrant, his Woodmark Drive home, police found “inappropriate messages and photos of underage girls,” according to a statement.

“The circumstances behind [the charges] are unusual,” said Officer Jonathan Perok, a department spokesman.

Riley has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, one count of using a communication device to solicit certain offenses involving children, and one count of indecent liberties with a minor.

— Jeremy Borden

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