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DC police searching for man who tased, attempted to rape woman in Northwest

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D.C. police are on the lookout for a man who forced his way into a woman's home in the 2700 block of Chesapeake Street in Northwest Wednesday, maced and beat her, and then tried to rape her.

Neighbors say she had just dropped her husband and son off at the airport. When she got back, a man knocked on her door, saying he had a package to deliver. He forced his way in and attacked her.

"Just awful, just terrifying, very upsetting now," says Harold Plotsky about the attack on his friend and neighbor, a married 60-year-old attorney with two children.

Plotsky has lived in the Forest Hills neighborhood since 1959 and has always felt safe there until his friend was attacked. He says she is the nicest person and a great neighbor.

"I feel very close to her,” Plotsky says. “It's very upsetting to have something bad happen to someone you really like. It's very hard for me.”

People living in the community of luxury homes, Ambassadors' residences, and their ever present Secret Service details never expected something like this would happen here.

"It's terrifying. I'm nervous. I'm home alone all day and it's scary to know there's someone in the neighborhood who is a danger to us," Nadia Avilies says.

Doors that used to be left unlocked are now being bolted shut, even during the day.

Finlay Lewis, who was mugged himself a few years ago, is now once again on the watch for someone up to no good.

"There's not a lot you can do, except stay vigilant,” says Lewis. “Before you open your door, you need to know who's on the other side.”

The victim kept fighting until the predator fled, possibly in a red Volvo. He is described as a white man in his 50s with gray hair, 5'6", about 180 pounds. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.

"We want to let people know that this happened so they can be careful before they open their doors and so they can take some safety precautions," says Metropolitan Police Commander George Kucik.

If you know anything about this attack, the number to call is 202-727-9099.


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