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2 men sought in Northeast DC burglary and sex assault

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A Northeast D.C. neighborhood is on alert after two men broke into a home and sexually assaulted a woman whose husband was nearly shot trying to intervene.

It happened in the 2400 block of 2nd Street, NE early Wednesday morning, a block where nearly every home has been broken into recently.

"It's chilling," says Susan Seiler. "We know the couple. He is just the nicest. Always outside, rides his bike to work. They are the nicest couple."

Police say the couple woke up about 4 a.m. to find a man with a gun and knife in their bedroom.

They took cell phones, laptops and money. And then they tried to rape the woman. The husband fought them and they shot at him and fled.

Frustrated neighbors say it is a shame it had to come to this.

"We've had just so many break-ins,” Seiler says. “You would think police would patrol more. Do more. They don't. We think it's because we live in Northeast.”

Another woman who has lived on the block for 46 years and raised four kids there has had a break-in too.

"I heard the alarm on my back door on my house say the door was opening, and I thought, there's someone's in my house," she says. "I yelled at him, ‘What are you guys doing?’ and they ran out the back and jumped over the fence. I had bars put on the back window the next day.”

There was a visible police presence Wednesday afternoon. However, it was too little, too late for some residents. Two families moved out hours after the incident.

"I'm really sorry it took something like this to get the attention of police, but we really need it," Seiler says.

For now, a life behind window bars continues for the diehards who refuse to hand over their homes to the criminals.

"I'm not moving. I won't let them win," says Seiler.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Metropolitan Police tipline at 202-727-9099.

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