A 29-year-old Southeast Washington man has been arrested by U.S. Park Police and charged in the rape of a Metrobus driver that triggered a wildcat bus strike last May.
The suspect was identified by Park Police last night as William David Brewer, of 707 Hilltop Ter. SE.
According to Park Police the arrest came after a lineup held Wednesday night at Metropolitan Police headquarters. Authorities said Brewer was charged with rape in connection with the May 17 attack.
He appeared yesterday before a judge in D.C. Superior Court and was released on personal recognizance, according to a prosecutor.
The attack on the driver occurred in the early morning hours, while her bus was parked at a bus route layover point at Texas Avenue and Ridge Road SE. The woman was forced at knifepoint from the bus and into nearby Fort Dupont Park, where the rape occurred, according to police.
Bus drivers in Southeast walked off their jobs the next day in what they described as a protest against inadequate security aboard the buses. The walkout spread throughout the city, delaying thousands of commuters during morning and evening rush hours.
A settlement reached the following day called for enhanced security measures, including completion of the installation of a silent alarm system aboard the entire bus fleet.
The investigation of the attack on the driver was carried out by Park Police because it occurred on federal parkland.
In a press release the Park Police said that "after several months of investigation" a new lead was developed. No details were given.
One detective said Park Police had stepped up their investigation in the area of the park after several attacks had been reported there in recent weeks.