Two men broke into a home in Northeast D.C. Wednesday morning, stealing property and sexually assaulting a woman before fleeing, according to police.
A husband and wife, who live in the 2400 block of Second Street NE, woke at about 4 a.m. to find a man with a knife and a man with a gun in their bedroom, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.
The men took iPhones, laptop computers and money before the gunman attempted to rape the woman. Her husband intervened.
The altercation moved downstairs to the kitchen, where the gunman fire through the wall into the rowhouse next door, where an 18-year-old woman was sleeping on a couch, Bensen reported. She was not injured.
The burglars then fled the home.
That home invasion took place just more than an hour after two men, one armed with a knife, broke into a home on nearby North Capitol Street NE. That resident's dog woke him; and armed with ankle weights, the homeowner warned the intruders he was coming out of his bedroom. He chased the intruders from his home, throwing the ankle weights at them. They fled through a basement door without stealing anything.
Police are investigating the possibility the two crimes are connected, considering the proximity and the use of a knife, Bensen reported.
Anyone with information about either break-in is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.