Northwestern High School officials in Hyattsville sent home a letter alerting parents that a gunman attacked three students Tuesday. Police are still looking for the man who also sexually assaulted a woman walking on the same path.
Police continue to comb through a Hyattsville, Md., neighborhood, searching for a man who sexually assaulted two women and robbed several other individuals Tuesday afternoon.
Two women in their 20s walked out of an apartment in the 6700 block of Belcrest Road in Hyattsville about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and were approached by a man with a gun, Prince George's County police said.
The man forced them into a wooded area and robbed them, then sexually assaulted one of them, police said. He was startled by a noise and ran from the scene.
Detectives say the suspect robbed two teen boys and a teen girl about 100 yards from the first crime scene just minutes after attacking the two women. The suspect then sexually assaulted the teenage girl, police said. The three teens were Northwestern High School students.
"What occurred here [Tuesday] afternoon is highly unusual," Julie Parker with Prince George's County Police said. "We can't think of something that we've seen like this in any recent time."
Prince George's County Police launched a search helicopter and K-9 units Tuesday in their effort to catch the suspect. As of Wednesday night, the suspect was still on the lam, while officers knocked on dozens of doors in the neighborhood.
For precautionary measures, nearby Northwestern High School was locked down while police searched for the suspect. Students were released from the school just after 4 p.m.
The suspect is described as standing between 5'6" and 5'10" and wearing camouflage pants and a red baseball cap with a blue or black rim. Police have stopped and released several people similar to the vague description, Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reported.
Northwestern’s principal sent a letter to parents Wednesday informing them of what happened.
“The safety of our students – both in school and in the community – is of the utmost importance," it said. "We will be working with security staff to ensure the safety of the students while in school and will be sharing safety messages with students to encourage them to be safe while walking to and from school."
If you have any information, call police at 1-866-411-TIPS.