D.C. Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with four sexual assaults while armed and similar incidents along the Minnesota Avenue footbridge this month.
Gerald Canty of Northeast D.C. has been charged with three counts of kidnapping, first degree sexual abuse while armed and assault with intent to rob for the following incidents:
- March 1: Suspect approaches woman from behind in 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue NE around 11 a.m., points gun at her, then sexually assaults her behind building on Barnes Street NE
- March 5: Woman approached in 700 block of 44th Street NE, also approached from behind by stranger. Suspect tells her he has a gun. Woman obliges, walks with him for some time, and he robs her. Victim manages to fight suspect off.
- March 7: Juvenile female walking in 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue NE around 7 a.m. approached from behind by unknown suspect who suggested he had a gun. Woman able to escape. Tweny minutes later, another juvenile female walking in same area approached by suspect, who asked her to join him. She was able to flee before any offense occurred.