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Woman sexually assaulted at Howard University

10:10 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police are looking for the man who raped a woman at 8:00 Monday morning inside a classroom along 6th Street Between Euclid and Fairmont at Howard University. 

Campus police and D.C. police beefed up security and patrols as they look for the suspect.

Campus police have seen a spike in violent crime since september, including the unsolved murder of Omar Sykes, the 22-year-old promising student gunned down on the 4th of July. The latest incident involves an 18-year-old female student in a summer program, who was raped Monday.

Police say the 18-year-old thought a man that she saw on a city bus was a childhood friend when he winked at her. She got off the bus and apparently he did, too. He followed her, and confronted her in the 2600 block of 6th Street, say police.  The woman told police he continued to follow her into the business school, pushed her into a classroom and according to the police report, she was raped on the classroom floor.

Students tell us the dorms require key cards but not all buildings do. 

Officers are looking for a black male, dark complexion, 6', slim to medium build, 18-20 years old, and last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black and white shorts (possibly swim shorts).

There was a campus community alert sent out warning people to avoid dark, isolated areas. Current students and others involved in summer programs say they're shocked. 

Anyone with information can call the police or the Howard University Department of Public Safety at 202-806-1100.

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