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Several Women Groped or Flashed in Northwest D.C.

Several women were groped or flashed in Northwest D.C. in the past week.

Women were approached Thursday and over the weekend and groped in several separate incidents, Metropolitan Police Department releases said.

On Monday police released security camera footage of a man officials say exposed himself to a victim Sunday near Dupont Circle. The man approached his victim at about 11 p.m. in the 1400 block of 17th Street NW, and exposed himself before running away, police said.

The flasher in Sunday’s case is also a person of interest in several other misdemeanor sexual abuse offenses in the area, a Monday release said. It did not specify when and where the crimes occurred. 

Investigators are looking into whether there is a connection between any of the groping cases and Sunday's exposure case, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

On Saturday at about 11 p.m., a man approached two victims Near Dupont Circle in the 1900 block of R Street NW and engaged in sexual contact without the victims' permission, the release said.

About a half-hour later, the man is said to have groped another victim about a block away. 

In the weekend groping cases, police are looking for a man between 5 feet six inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hooded shirt.

On Thursday night between 9 p.m. and midnight, a man engaged in sexual contact with women without their permission twice near the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and a third time near George Washington Hospital, police said.

That man is described as standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and was last seen wearing a gray hooded shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call D.C. police at (202) 727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

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