Public Safety Alert: burglar punches student in the face one block from campus

At approximately 9:20 p.m. last night, a student living in an off-campus townhouse on the 1400 block of 36th Street (between O and P Streets) confronted a burglar in his house who was carrying a backpack. When the student asked to look in the bag, the burglar punched him in the face and fled.

Two laptops, a camera and a watch were taken during the incident. The Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene and are investigating. The student sustained minor injuries during the confrontation.¬†According to the public safety alert, the suspect is a roughly 5’9″ black male in his early thirties, wearing a white shirt, with a dark complexion and a medium build (weight estimated between 150-180 lbs.)

The rash of burglaries in the area (eight in two weeks in the second district) provoked DPS to include special instructions in the alert:

MPD and DPS encourage students living off campus to be extra cautious and practice good personal home security by keeping their doors and windows locked at all times. Promptly report any suspicious activity or circumstances to the appropriate police jurisdiction. Do not directly confront a burglar; instead, get to a safe place and call 9-1-1 immediately.

DPS requests that anyone who has information regarding this incident, or who noticed any suspects before or after the incident, to contact them immediately at (202) 687-4343.

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