Two female pedestrians assaulted in Hyattsville -- Gazette.Net


Hyattsville police are urging residents to take extra caution following assaults against two female pedestrians in southwest Hyattsville.

According to police, the first assault occurred July 10 at approximately 10:05 p.m. in the 2000 block of Jamestown Road. The victim was walking from the West Hyattsville Metro Station when a man approached her and demanded her cell phone, police said.

The suspect then attempted to pull the victim into an adjoining wooded area, but when the victim struggled, the suspect fled into the woods, police said.

The second assault occurred July 23 at approximately 12:50 a.m. in the 3900 block of Hamilton Street. Police said the suspect jumped out of the woods, grabbed the woman by her shirt, threw her to the ground and attempted to remove her clothing.

The woman was able to escape after a brief struggle, and the suspect fled into the woods, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Chris Purvis said neither victim sustained injuries.

The sites of the two attacks are less than a mile apart, and Purvis said police are looking into the similarities between the two incidents.

Purvis urged pedestrians walking at night to use extra caution, and whenever possible, not to walk alone.

“There’s always safety in numbers,” Purvis said. “Let your friends know where you’re going, travel in groups whenever possible, get a ride if you can, and always be aware of your surroundings.”

Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to contact the Hyattsville Police Department at 301-985-5060.