The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for a suspect whom officials believe has been responsible for five sexual assaults in the Georgetown area dating back to Jan. 13, at least one of which was reported by a student.

All five incidents occurred in close proximity to the university in the Burleith and West Georgetown neighborhoods, according to a Sept. 9 press release. The suspect, as described in the release, is a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5 foot-10 inches to 6-feet tall, medium build, wearing dark colored pants and a collared shirt.

All five assaults followed a similar pattern, leading MPD officials to believe that the same perpetrator was behind them, according to the report.

“In each case, a female victim was awakened in the early morning hours by an unknown male suspect who gained entry to their residence by unknown means. The suspect has either attempted or has sexually assaulted the victims,” the release states.

The first incident occurred on Jan. 13 on the 3700 block of R Street, the second on May 16 on the 2400 block of Huidekoper Place, the third on June 1 on the 1900 block of 38th Street, the fourth on June 26 on the 2400 block of Tunlaw Road and the fifth on Sept. 5 on the 3700 block of R Street.

The assault on Sept. 5 was reported by a Georgetown student, reported to the Department of Public Safety that during the night, an unknown male came into her bedroom, got into her bed and put his arm around her. When she woke up and got out of bed, he left the residence.

Although MPD has not confirmed it as a sixth incident in the string of sexual assaults, on Sept. 25, a student reported an incident in Village A to DPS in which an unknown Hispanic male entered her apartment at 5:20 a.m. and laid on top of her. The incident was classified by DPS as a burglary.

“The suspect took a blanket from a bedroom and put it on top of the complainant, who was sleeping on the couch. He then laid on top of her,” the DPS public safety announcement read. “The complainant screamed and the suspect immediately left the premises.”

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