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Downtown D.C. Parking Attendant Badly Beaten



    (Published Friday, Oct. 17, 2014)

    A man working as a parking attendant in downtown D.C. was badly beaten last month in an attack that seemingly came out of nowhere.

    Now, as he still works to recover, D.C. police have released surveillance video of the attack, which happened at 2:55 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    Before the attack, parking attendant Jimaw Hassan says he politely told a man the garage was closing.

    In the video, the suspect and a woman are shown walking into a garage in the 900 block of F Street NW, near the Gallery Place Metro Station. They stroll down the ramp, but moments later, the man returns, and attacks parking attendant Jimaw Hassan, repeatedly punching him.

    The assailant then he walks away, leaving Hassan severely hurt.

    Medina Birhan, Hassan's wife, sobbed as she saw the video after D.C. Police released it Friday.

    She recalled the night she drove to a hospital to comfort her husband, saying, "It was very traumatic. I took my kids with me. And the kids saw i was crying and they were shaking."

    Hassan is still recovering from broken bones, and cuts on his face, chin and left eye. He says he's scared.

    "I am still very worried about it. I can't sleep," he said. "I don't know him."

    Police say the woman in the video is a person of interest in this case. While police search for the woman and the suspect, Birhan wants them in behind bars.

    "I hope this guy goes to jail," she said. "My husband is already. My husband is scared. He's not the same person that he used to be."

    Detectives want anyone with information about this beating to call D.C. police.