According to the Department of Public Safety, two Georgetown University females were assaulted around 3 a.m. Friday Oct. 26th in the 3500 block of S Street, N.W., a few blocks from the Georgetown edical Center.

The two students, requesting to remain unidentified, had returned to their house in a taxi but continued to walk east to a friend’s house nearby. On their way, they noticed a male walking behind them on the same side of the street.

According to the report, the man was black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing baggy clothing. Neither student was able to provide a more detailed description of the suspect.

The students crossed over to the other side of the street, but the suspect did likewise. As they realized they were being followed, the students began to run and a foot chase ensued. The subject pushed one student down and “ran away at the point when they screamed, when they started yelling for help,” reported Darryl Harrison of the Department of Public Safety.

The subject escaped on foot westbound on S Street. At that time, the victims “were able to make it to a friend’s house [where] they notified the Metropolitan Police Department” reported Harrison. MPD searched the area for the suspect with no results.

The students evaded serious injury in the assault and both declined medical attention.

As always, DPS reminds students to avoid traveling alone as much as possible. “We encourage students to use a buddy system, take advantage of the escort service and to [try to] travel in a well lit, highly visible, crowded area,” Harrison stressed.

Though the students traveled home in a taxi, a recommended safety precaution, they proceeded to a house two blocks from their final destination in the taxi. This two-block walk was all that was needed for an assault to take place.

Students should not be alarmed, Harrison said. Instead, this should serve as a reminder for students, especially females, to “always be aware of your surroundings and take advantage of the services that are available,” reminded Harrison.

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