1800 block of A Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)Neighbors have raised more than $6,000 for the family of a Hill East woman who was sexually assaulted in her home.

The family of four, which neither police nor neighbors have named, is hoping to raise money to move into a new home. A neighbor set up a donation page for the family over the weekend, seeking to raise $20,000.

The attack happened on the 1800 block of A Street SE between 2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13. The woman was working from home when a man entered through an unlocked door and assaulted her. According to the fundraising page, the woman needed surgery to reset three broken bones in her face.

“The violent nature of the attack was so traumatic that the family is staying with friends and wants to sell their apartment and move immediately,” a letter on the fundraising page says. “Your donations will help a wonderful family of 4 who endured the unimaginable find a new home where they can feel safe and rebuild their life.”

On Oct. 15, police outside of the District arrested a man believed to be the attacker. Police have yet to release the name of the man arrested, but say that he does face first degree sexual abuse and burglary charges.

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200 block of 15th Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A man who pleaded guilty to shooting a boy during an attempted robbery in Hill East was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday.

Malique Haynes, 20, pleaded guilty to the July shooting on the 200 block of 15th Street SE in August, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Haynes shot a 15-year-old boy on July 15 about 10:10 p.m. during a robbery attempt, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Haynes told the boy to empty his pockets and when the boy said he had no money and began walking away, Haynes shot the boy in the stomach, hitting his liver and kidney.

Haynes was arrested for the shooting on July 21. After he serves his five-year prison sentence, Haynes will be placed on three years of supervised release.

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Morning Rundown

South Carolina Avenue SE

Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing at NoMa Metro Station Ruled Competent for Trial — Jasper Spires, the 18-year-old charged in the July 4 fatal stabbing of a Metro passenger at the NoMa-Gallaudet University station, was determined to be mentally competent to stand trial. [Washington Post]

Hill East Eatery Curbside Cafe to Close, Pretzel Bakery to Expand — Curbside Cafe at 257 15th St. SE will close at the end of the month and nearby bakery The Pretzel Bakery will move into the space, allowing it to have sit-down dining indoors. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier Walks Away from The Wharf — Robert Wiedmaier, the owner and operator of 11 area restaurants who was in talks to open a restaurant at The Wharf, has pulled out of talks to open at the Southwest development. [Washington Business Journal]

New Renderings Show D.C. Water’s Planned Southwest Headquarters in Detail — Ahead of an Oct. 26 Zoning Commission hearing, D.C. Water has released additional renderings of its curvy, green-glass headquarters planned for Southwest. [JD Land]


A long-standing Capitol East auto repair center will soon be forced to close its garage doors.

Earlier this month, OPaL LLC announced plans for their “Watkins Alley” 45-unit mixed-use residential facility at the site of Jerry’s Custom Automotive Center and its corresponding warehouse at and around 1311 E Street SE near the Safeway.

Jim, who said he ran the shop but declined to give a last name, confirmed the company is no longer taking new customers and that they will discontinue work in their body shop this week. The shop will continue small repairs on existing customers’ cars until the deal is finalized and construction begins. Jim declined to comment further.

“It’s all up in the air, when we’re gonna close and where we’re gonna go. If my customers want to know what we’re up to, they can call,” he said.

Sean Ruppert of OPaL LLC announced plans for the residential space at an ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Committee meeting in January. The proposed building will will have 30 three-bedroom townhomes, eight flats, six lofts, and a carriage house priced from $150,000-$1.2 million.

District Source reports the ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Commission initially approved the project June 4 . Final action is expected in July.


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