WASHINGTON - Police say a man they call a "person of interest" in an indecent exposure case may be connected to a string of sex assaults and groping incidents that have been reported in Northwest, D.C. since the beginning of the year. Similar incidents, with a man of similar description, have also been reported in Arlington.
Officials have released a 23-second surveillance video taken around 11 p.m. on June 3 that shows a man walking in the 1400 block of 17th Street in Dupont Circle.
Investigators say they're looking for a white male, who may be 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-11 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded shirt and blue jeans.
Officers say that man has been named a "person of interest" after a victim told police she was walking along 17th Street Northwest when the man came toward her with his penis exposed. She told detectives she began yelling loudly, but that's when police say the suspect fled the area, walking northbound on 17th Street.
Police say this man is a "person of interest" in several misdemeanor sexual abuse cases. Investigators have not specified where and when those incidents occurred in DC.
Arlington Police say they are looking for a similar suspect in as many as nine cases in the Radnor/Fort Meyer Heights area. They say they're looking for a man of similar description, seen wearing dark clothing and in a hat or a hood for indecent exposure.
In Arlington, the victims describe the man as Hispanic, but in DC, police say victims report the suspect as white.
Nearly a dozen sexual assault and groping incidents have been reported in the Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Washington Circle areas since February of this year. Officers say the 'person of interest' in the indecent exposure case could be connected to those previous incidents.
Officials ask anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation is urged to call (202) 727-9099.