200 block of H Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Police have apprehended a 35-year-old man suspected of knocking a woman down and trying to sexually assault her near I-395 yesterday morning, according to authorities.

Lynwood Anthony McClure of Northeast D.C. was arrested and charged with assault with the intent to commit first degree sexual abuse in connection with the attack on the 200 block of H Street NW. Information on McClure’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

The woman was walking on the block about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday when a man approached her, police said. The man then pushed her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her.

But several good Samaritans intervened, stopping the attack.

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I-395 South tunnel signA group of armed thieves driving on I-395 robbed a man whom they picked up over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the highway about 4:45 a.m. Saturday.

The victim accepted a ride from three people whom he didn’t know, according to authorities. At some point, someone flashed a gun and stole the man’s cellphone.

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2nd and E streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)Police are looking for 30 people in connection with a violent robbery of a man who was attacked after he struck a pedestrian with his car near I-395 on Capitol Hill last night, according to authorities.

The robbery happened at 2nd and E streets NW about 11 p.m.  The Community for Creative Nonviolence Homeless Shelter is at the intersection.

The man accidentally hit the pedestrian with his car when he was exiting I-395’s 3rd Street Tunnel, police said. After he got out of his car to check on the person’s condition, several people approached him.

The mob then attacked the man and took some of his belongings.

The man declined medical treatment, according to authorities.

A woman also was robbed at gunpoint in northeast Capitol Hill last night.

The robbery happened on the 400 block of 12th Street NE about 11:15 p.m., police said.

The woman was in the area when a man with a gun approached her and then took her purse.

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Capitol Crossing constructionDrivers who use I-395, H Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW may need to reconsider travel near the Capitol Crossing development construction during the next two months.

Massachusetts Avenue and H Street will close between 2nd and 4th streets NW starting today, every Monday and Tuesday through July, according to the District Department of Transportation. The closures will run from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Massachusetts Avenue also will lose lanes to closures on weekends, and occasionally weekdays, through July.

“Traffic delays are very likely to occur,” DDOT said.

Drivers heading north on I-395 also won’t be able to get off at Massachusetts Avenue NW for the next two weekends.

The 2nd Street NW off-ramp of I-395 to Massachusetts Avenue will close this Saturday and Sunday and next Saturday and Sunday, according to DDOT. With access to the ramp blocked, crews will demolish a retaining wall in the area as part of the Capitol Crossing development construction.

The closures will begin at 7 a.m. each of the Saturdays and end by 5 a.m. the following Mondays.

DDOT urges drivers to exit I-395 at either D Street NW or New York Avenue NW during those times.

Drivers can expect “heavy congestion and delays” in the area, according to DDOT.

Last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser urged locals to be patient as crews work to build Capitol Crossing.

“We invite all of our neighbors and commuters to pardon the dust while we’re making progress,” she said.

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I-395 and Massachusetts Avenue NW (Image via Google Maps)(Updated at 12:40 p.m.) Lane changes and ramp closures on I-395 start tonight to facilitate years of work on the Capitol Crossing development project.

The District Department of Transportation announced the first phase of traffic changes, which will mainly occur between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Northbound and southbound traffic between D Street and New York Avenue NW will be affected.

Here’s what drivers can expect, according to DDOT:

The I-395 southbound off-ramp to [3rd Street] will be closed permanently during this phase. There will be no vehicle parking on the ramp, and motorists should seek alternative routes.

The southbound travel lanes will be reduced to a single lane of traffic on a limited number of weekdays during off-peak hours, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.; and on certain weekends from midnight to 7 a.m.

The I-395 northbound 3rd Street Tunnel on-ramp will close on a limited number of weekdays during off-peak hours from midnight to 5 a.m.; and on certain weekends from midnight to 8 a.m. During the 3rd Street on-ramp closures, traffic will be diverted to the 3rd and D Street on-ramp.

The northbound travel lanes will be reduced to a single lane of traffic during off-peak hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for a limited number of weekdays; and on certain weekends from midnight to 8 a.m.

Additionally, DDOT warned drivers to expect delays at:

  • New York Avenue and the 3rd Street Tunnel entrance
  • New York Avenue and 4th Street NW
  • New York and New Jersey avenues NW
  • 2nd Street and D Street NW
  • 3rd and D Street Tunnel Entrance

Construction of the Capitol Crossing mixed-use development is expected to affect traffic for four years, after a previous plan was scrapped to shut down part of the freeway to reduce the total work time.

Fines for speeding in work zones will be doubled. For more information on the work, see the dedicated Third Street Tunnel Project website.

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