Sketch Released in C&O Canal Sex Assault

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Sexual Assaults Have Georgetown Residents on Edge

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Sexual Assaults Have Georgetown Residents on Edge

News4's Shomari Stone talks to residents of the popular D.C. neighborhood about two recent assaults.
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U.S. Park Police released a sketch of a man sought in the sexual assault of a woman on the C&O Canal last month.

About 1 a.m. July 7, a man approached the victim near M and 31st streets in Georgetown and offered to help her find her friends. Instead, he led her to the C&O Canal, pushed her down in the bushes and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The victim managed to escape.

The attacker was described as a white man in his late 20s with a heavy Australian accent standing about 5-foot-9 and slightly overweight. He had a scruffy beard and short, dark hair and was wearing a polo shirt with white and blue horizontal stripes and shorts of unknown color.

Park Police are still looking for the culprit in a sex assault on the Capital Crescent Trail last week.

Police described the man as black with medium complexion. He stands 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11 and 180-200 pounds with a muscular build. He wears his hair in 3-4 inch dreadlocks and had a light, scruffy beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt -- possibly a tank top or sleeveless shirt -- and long, black, jersey-type shorts.

Anyone with information about either case should call the Park Police tip line at 202-610-8737.

The sketch of the Capital Crescent Trail attacker:

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