On Saturday, students received an email from the Department of Public Safety concerning a burglary and assault in West Georgetown. The incident occurred at 3:45 a.m. on October 20 in a home on the 3500 block of O Street NW.
Two female students returned to their home early Saturday morning and encountered an unknown male intruder. Originally the students thought that the intruder was the friend of a roommate but after he asked to use the restroom and they began to question him, he punched both women in the face and fled the scene.
The doors of the house had been left unlocked, which, according to DPS Chief Jay Gruber, was the most likely cause of the incident. “The fact is, we’re living in the middle of the city, we have to be careful,” Gruber said in an interview with Vox.
Gruber said that the case is currently being investigated by DPS in conjunction with MPD but that the vague description of the suspect and the lack of evidence at the crime scene are making it difficult to draw any conclusions.
Gruber encourages Georgetown students to make sure that they always lock their doors and windows even if they are present in their residence. If you do find an unwanted guest in your home, you should leave the residence immediately and call 911.