Man Punches at Least 6 People During Rampage in NoMa

A man suspected of being high on synthetic drugs punched at least six people in NoMa on Wednesday evening -- including five women, police and a witness told News4.

The attacker tried to overturn a man in a wheelchair and yank a baby out of a woman's arms, one of the victims told News4.

A woman was walking near 1st and K streets NE about 5 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her.

"As he got closer, I could tell he was talking to himself or mumbling, and was acting a little erratic, bouncing from side to side," the woman said, asking not to be named. "The next thing I remember is being in a lot of pain."

The woman, who was visiting from Pennsylvania, was recovering on Thursday after being punched in the face.

"Even my neck today is sore because he hit me very hard," she said.

Within minutes, the man attacked six people, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Four people were treated for injuries.

Officers traced the man to the loading dock of the CNN building on 1st Street NE, where he was arrested. He displayed signs of having used synthetic drugs, police said.

"We got close enough that I looked him in the eye before he hit me, and he looked deranged," the victim said. "Very, very crazy."

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