DC police: Man sexually assaulted victim after helping him carry items into residence

Police are searching for a suspect who sexually assaulted a man inside of his Southeast D.C. residence.

D.C. police say the suspect was helping the victim carry items into his home in the 4500 block of 3rd Street near the D.C.-Maryland border at around 5 p.m. Monday. Once they were inside, the suspect pulled down the victim's pants and sexually assaulted him. The suspect fled the scene afterwards.

The suspect is described as a black male between 40 and 45 years old. He is 5'10" tall with a medium build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black and tan coat, black clothing and a black skull cap.

Two days prior to Monday's sexal abuse incident, it appears the suspect attempted to use a similar tactic on another resident who lives in the neighborhood. Ronald Dawson told FOX 5 he was coming home from Walmart on Saturday night when a man walking by on the sidewalk in front of his house asked him and his daughter if they needed help bringing in their groceries. Dawson and his daughter both declined.

He said the man continued down the sidewalk walking right past a surveillance camera on the corner of an apartment building across the street.

"It makes you kind of feel a little unsafe in the neighborhood, in an area that you are around, especially when you have kids and things like that floating around," said Dawson. "So it's kind of surprising to be honest with you. It's kind of weird."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. Tips can also be submitted to the text tip line at 50411.