Sketch of Suspect Released in Northwest D.C. Park Sex Assault

Park Police are circulating a sketch of a suspect believed to have sexually assaulted a woman in a Northwest park earlier this month.

The victim was assaulted just west of Georgetown on the evening of April 1.

Around 8 p.m. that night, she was walking by herself along the Georgetown waterfront when a man grabbed her from behind and forcefully took her through the area of the Capital Crescent Trail, police said.

Authorities described the suspect as about six feet tall, 230-240 pounds, and with a tattoo on the back of his left hand depicting an "N" with stars down the center.

The man then took her to Glover Archbold Park near Foxhall Road and Canal Road NW, where he sexually assaulted her. He then fled on foot toward Canal Road.

"It's really scary," Penelope Woolley, who lives near the crime scene, said in the wake of the attack. "I may have to give up one of my favorite walks."

In 1998, Georgetown University graduate student Christine Mirzayan was dragged from Canal Road to the woods, raped, beaten and left to die. That case remains open. 

Police believe the person who killed her has also been linked to several sexual assaults and rapes in Montgomery County but has never been found.

Joggers and walkers who use the trails told News4 they still feel safe in the daylight.

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