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Lawyer charged with attacking woman

A Department of Labor lawyer was arrested Wednesday on charges he broke into a woman’s home in Northwest Washington and tried to tase and sexually assault her, officials said.

Authorities charged Paul Mannina, 58, of the Ashton area of Montgomery County with assault with intent to commit first degree sexual assault and burglary while armed, D.C. police said. Investigators said Mannina entered the home in the 2700 block of Chesapeake Street NW on June 5, produced a taser and then attempted to assault the victim, but then fled.

The victim knew the attacker, police said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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