Sexual Assault in Glover-Archbold Park Near Georgetown Campus

A woman was sexually assaulted in Glover-Archbold Park just west of Georgetown University’s main campus April 1, said U.S. Park Police who are investigating the crime. The victim was walking alone when she was assaulted in the area of Foxhall Road and Canal Road at around 8 p.m. The attacker fled on foot after assaulting the victim. The park has a jogging and hiking trail.

Currently, there is no physical description of the attacker, Park Police reported.

During 2012, two sexual assaults took place near Canal Road and the C&O Canal. One woman was attacked on July 25, when jogging along the Capital Crescent trail at 9:15 p.m. Another woman was attacked on July 7, around 1 a.m. near 31st and M Streets, close to the canal.

In 1998, Christina Mirzayan was sexually assaulted and then beaten to death on Canal Road – near where the April 1 crime occurred -- when walking home from a dinner with friends. Mirzayan was spending her summer on a science and technology fellowship, now named in her memory, at the National Academy of Sciences.

Her attacker was linked to the assault of nine other women. His attacks became increasingly more violent ending with the killing of Mirzayan. The case remains open.

As for Tuesday's incident, the Park Police reports that it has increased patrols in the area -- and adds: If anyone has any information or believes they saw something that may relate to this incident please contact The USPP Tip Line at 202-610-8737.

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