Police are seeking two men in a series of burglaries in Northeast Washington, the latest of which ended early Wednesday with a woman sexually assaulted and a gunshot fired at her husband when he tried to intervene, according to authorities.
Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the same two men, one armed with a gun, the other with a knife, are believed to have committed this and another break-in that also occurred Wednesday morning. He said several similar break-ins, all of occupied houses or apartments, have occurred in recent days.
Alali said the one involving the sexual assault occurred about 4 a.m. in the 2400 block of 2nd St. NE. He said a man and his wife were awakened by two men inside their home. He said one of the men abused the wife, and the husband tried to stop him. Alali said one of the men fired at least one shot at the husband, but missed.
Police said the men then fled with a laptop computer, iPhones and a wallet with money. Descriptions were vague, but Alali said one was wearing a white mask.
That same morning, Alali said two men broke into a residence in the 2600 block of North Capitol St. NE. He said the occupant yelled as they were coming up a flight of stairs, and the men ran outside and drove away in a dark colored vehicle.
Alali said only one of the victims has reported being sexually assaulted.