D.C. police said yesterday that they are searching for two men who have committed a string of rapes and robberies in which women were abducted and driven to quiet areas of Northeast or upper Northwest Washington, where they were attacked.
In the latest incident, two women were forced into a blue car at gunpoint early yesterday at Florida and Georgia avenues NW and taken to a playground in the 3300 block of Quesada Street, in upper Northwest, where both were robbed and raped.
D.C. police spokesman Quentin Peterson said the series of crimes began shortly after midnight on Aug. 28, when three women were kidnapped from Benning Road SE by two men and taken to the rear of St. John's College High School at 2607 Military Rd. NW, where all of them were robbed and one was raped.
On Sept. 4, three women were abducted about 1 a.m. near Martin Luther King Avenue Jr. and Sumner Road SE and also brought to the rear of St. John's, where they were robbed, Peterson said.
The next day, a woman was kidnapped about 2 a.m. near Monroe Street NW and taken to the 6200 block of Chillum Place NE, just a few blocks west of Eastern Avenue, where she was sexually assaulted and robbed, Peterson said.
On Sept. 9, another woman was abducted about 11:55 p.m. at Martin Luther King Avenue and W Street SE and brought to the same block of Chillum Place NE, where she was raped and robbed, the spokesman said.
Peterson said the descriptions of the men and the car -- believed to be a Hyundai -- were similar in all of the crimes.
He said police are looking for two men, one about 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 110 to 120 pounds, and the other 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds.
All of the women were abducted while walking, and in only one case -- the most recent -- did the men show a weapon, Peterson said.
"These guys are either jumping out and grabbing them, or they're charming them," said one investigator, who asked not to be identified. "They're probably using a smooth move, something like, 'Hey ladies, where you going? We can give you a ride.' "
Residents who live across from St. John's were unaware of the attacks until a reporter told them last night.
"It's kind of frightening," said Greg Chaconas, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years. "You wouldn't expect to see that happen in this neighborhood. It's rather shocking."
Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Sex Offense Branch of the D.C. police department at 727-4151, or Crimesolvers at 393-2222.