One criminal has perpetrated six similar, creepy crimes in the past year
Last night’s PSA was a definite sound-alike to the slew of “Cuddler” crimes. And while the culprit in this latest sexual offense, which took place on the 1200 block of 35th Street, may not be the same behind similar crimes, it does call to mind a question: How many times has the criminal who Georgetown students call the “Georgetown Cuddler” struck near our campus?
Six, since January 2008. (We’ve been tracking him for a while, but even we’re surprised.) Yes, the Metropolitan Police Department verified in September that they suspect five different incidences which took place near Georgetown University in the last year to have had the same culprit. And that was before a similar crime with a similarly-described suspect occurred on September 25th, in which an officer said the MPD suspected the same suspect, making six.
If the MPD suspects him last Friday’s incident, too, that would make seven. In chronological order, they occurred on:
The email explained that, “The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating several sexual assaults in the Second District that may be related …. In each case, a female victim was awakened in the early morning hours by an unknown male suspect who gained entry to their residence by unknown means … The suspect in many of the cases is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5’10″ – 6’0″ in height, with a medium build, wearing dark colored pants and a collared shirt.”
The suspect’s crimes have ranged from creepy to violent—in one incident, he tried to rape his victim.
What most Georgetown students may not know is that the “Cuddler”s crimes may not have begun in the Georgetown area—even his nickname may have originated elsewhere. In an October post, Will Sommer suggested that the University of Maryland had seen similar crimes.
In early March, 2008 the Diamondback reported:
Two women were assaulted in houses along Hopkins Avenue early Sunday by a man county police say they “strongly believe” is related to at least 12 previous sexual assaults and Peeping Tom incidents perpetrated downtown over the past year [emphasis mine].
Another March article indicates the criminal’s nickname etymology:
The crimes may be related to the ‘cuddler’ who has struck downtown in the past. A man has been known to enter unlocked homes and cuddle with women or kiss them while they are sleeping. In one case in September, the man raped a student, police have reported [emphasis mine].
There hasn’t been any news about this perpetrator in the Diamondback since April, 2008. Authorities haven’t made connections between the two criminals yet, and I could not reach MPD by the time of publication.
But whether or not Maryland’s “Cuddler” is the “Georgetown Cuddler,” I have three words for D.C. authorities: Catch this creep.