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DC police ask for help after two more rapes in 28 hours

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Rape in DC is up 4% so far this year, and now you can add two more violent assaults to the list.

The first one happened Friday at 1:35 a.m.in the 5200 block of Just Street NE.

The most recent attack was at 5:11 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Webster Street NW.

People living on Webster Street were awakened by the sounds of police sirens after a neighbor reported she'd been raped.

She was locked out of her house..and asked the wrong guy for help to get inside. When he did, he attacked her.

"That's scary, especially around here,"Tiffany Lezama says.

For the first time in the 17 years she's lived here, another woman said, she's scared.

" I come out at 4:30 every morning. I have to go to work. I have to be more cautious, more careful . Don't go outside my myself. And I have to talk with my daughter too,"she says.

The suspect in the Webster Street attack is described as an hispanic male, 5'8"-6"0, in his early 30's., short black hair, light mustache. He possibly goes by the name of Saul.

After living decades relatively crime free here, neighbors say they'll be looking over their shoulders.

Lezama says, "I think we just have to be a lot more careful. If you're locked out, maybe get back in your vehicle and call somebody."

Across town on Just Street NE, neighbors are dealing with a similar scenario..

Only this time if was a knock on the door, that brought trouble to a woman living here. She opened it, and was raped by the man waiting there.

"Don't know the circumstances. not sure if someone knocked because they needed assistance and they were being kind hearted and didn't know what to expect. It's crazy and I'm sorry it happened to someone," a neighbor says.

The suspect in the Just Street rape is a bald, black male, 5'8" , 280 pounds, blue jeans, burgundy jersey.

Last year was a particularly bad year for rapes in DC. They skyrocketed 37%, and police officials faced accusations of not investigating them thoroughly.

Some neighbors applaud the progress, but want to see even more.


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