Several Sex Assaults Reported in Northwest D.C. Within Several Hours

D.C. police are investigating a string of sex assaults and attempted sex assaults in high-trafficked areas early Sunday.

A suspect has been arrested in two of the incidents, which were reported in Foggy Bottom.

Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, police say 46-year-old Mustapha Kone attempted to pull a woman into the bushes in the 2400 block of I Street NW. He also threatened her, police said.

The woman was able to escape, but police say Kone attempted to sexually assault a second woman in the same area moments later.

He was arrested shortly after students in the area pointed him out to police.

"We always see cop cars so we feel safe walking around campus," George Washington University student Bineta Barry said.

Kone has been charged with assault with the intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse, felony threats, kidnapping and simple assault.

Just 15 minutes after the second incident, a woman reported being sexually assaulted inside a car in Dupont Circle. The suspect is described as a black man with dreadlocks wearing khaki pants. At the time, he was traveling in a silver sedan occupied by three other men.

A couple hours later, a woman was sexually assaulted near Georgetown, in the 3300 block of Prospect Place NW. Her attacker is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, standing 5-foot 7-inches, clean-shaven and wearing a leather jacket.

Police do not believe these incidents are related.

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