A 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a footpath near the Greenbelt Metrorail station, police say. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The victim said she was leaving the station when a man attempted to speak to her. He followed as she walked from the station on a footpath that led into a neighborhood. He sexually assaulted her and then fled.
The assailant is described as a heavyset Hispanic male in his 30's with dark curly hair, a dark reddish complexion and a tattoo of a snake on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and jeans.
A man who uses that path often was alarmed to hear about the attack. “I’m shocked that it happened at 6:30,” Fawaz Oteju said. “I’m very worried being that happened to someone so young.”
Metrorail riders access the path through a tunnel. The path connects to a neighborhood and a community park.
There are surveillance cameras inside the tunnels facing both ways. However, it’s not clear whether the cameras captured the attack.
Riders tell News4 that more security is needed on and around Metro property.
“I think it’s dangerous; it should be more secure,” Metro rider Tynecia Cannie said. “Even after the incident, there’s no one (security) here.”
Metro Transit Police are asking anyone who may have information about the case to call (202) 962-2121.