Men With Stun Gun Sexually Assault Woman in Northeast D.C. Thanksgiving Morning

Crime up in neighborhood

Two men with a stun gun robbed and sexually assaulted a woman early Thanksgiving morning, according to D.C. police.

The woman was attacked between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. in the 300 block of 49th Street NE near Kelly Miller Middle School, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Police arrested 31-year-old Paul Xavier Williams of Northeast D.C. within hours. He is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, robbery and first-degree sexual assault.

It wasn’t Williams’ first arrest this week. Just blocks away Monday, he was arrested and charged with assault and theft. He was released by a D.C. Superior Court judge pending a court date next week.

Friday he was ordered held without bond because the most recent charge was a violent felony.

Now police want the public’s help identifying and locating the second man involved. He’s described as a clean shaven black male with a dark complexion and a muscular build. He’s said to be about 5-feet-8-inches or 5-feet-9 inches tall. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black coat and armed with a stun gun.

In the past year there have been dozens of violent crimes in this neighborhood just off East Capitol Street. Police data for crimes within a 1,000-foot radius of the middle school show five sexual assaults, 13 robberies and 10 more robberies involving a gun. In the past year, 42 violent crimes were reported, and if you add non-violent crimes like burglaries and stolen cars, the number almost doubles: 82 total crimes within a few blocks of this school.

While some crimes like burglaries and stolen cars are down over the past year, violent crime and overall crime is up in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about Thursday morning's attack is asked to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the tip to 50411. D.C. Police currently offer a reward up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for a robbery committed in the district.

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