Three men allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a moving D.C. Metro train traveling through Alexandria last week, only weeks after news broke of a rape aboard a red line train.
The suspects, three black males, allegedly approached the woman on a train traveling through Old Town Alexandria between Eisenhower Avenue and Braddock Road stations Thursday night. The woman said the men demanded she perform a sexual act and physically assaulted her when she refused, grabbing her clothes and groping her, according to the report from Metro Transit Police.
Authorities are asking for public assistance as they continue to search for the three “persons of interest” in the brutal assault.
Transit Police seek your help to ID Persons of Interest ref sexual battery on train. https://t.co/CtO67FRL1R#wmatapic.twitter.com/zpKKH6rAEI
— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) June 3, 2016
The woman immediately sought help from Metro officials when the train stopped at the next station. Metro police alerted the public with a “flash lookout” and canvassed stations and trains along the yellow line. The unidentified woman told police the men were between the ages of 18 and 30, roughly 140 pounds and ranged in height from 5’8” to 5’11”, reports WUSA9.
One man wore a black Nike shirt with the Pittsburgh Pirates logo on it. One had a red shirt with the words “aero” on it and blue jeans. The third suspect wore a black shirt and black jeans.
“I’m glad that there has been a lot of media coverage, because we need to get outraged every single time,” Jessica Raven, an advocate with Collective Action for Safe Spaces told WUSA9. “That’s the only way to change the conversation and make it clear that this behavior isn’t going to be tolerated.”
Recently, a man allegedly assaulted and raped a woman aboard a moving Metro train in broad daylight. Police arrested John Prentice Hicks, 39, on the same day as the attack, charging him with attempted first-degree rape, a first-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. (RELATED: Police Failed To Arrest Accused DC Metro Rapist A Week Before Attack)
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