District Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Woman In Early-Morning Attack Near Meridian Hill Park
Defendant Pursued Victim After She Completed Jog
WASHINGTON - Glen Green, 23, of Washington D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse for a recent sexual assault that took place near a park in Northwest Washington, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Green pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a 19-year prison sentence. Upon release, Green would be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. The Honorable Rhonda Reid Winston scheduled sentencing for Aug. 21, 2015.
According to the government’s evidence, the attack occurred just before 7 a.m. on April 21, 2015. That morning, the victim was jogging in Meridian Hill Park. When she finished, she began walking back home. She was wearing headphones and did not notice the defendant, who began following her from behind on foot. Green got steadily closer to the victim as she got closer to her home. As the victim turned into an alleyway near 14th and Chapin Streets NW, Green grabbed her from behind and began dragging her behind a dumpster.
The victim struggled to free herself, demanding repeatedly that the defendant let her go. Green, who is much larger than the victim, told her not to make this more difficult than it had to be. Then, as the victim continued to struggle, he punched her in the face. Green dragged the victim behind a dumpster in the alleyway, forced her to remove her pants and underwear, and sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, he demanded money from the victim. She handed over her iPod and the defendant fled the area, warning the victim not to move until he had left.
The victim returned home and called 911. After police responded, she was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where medical care providers documented numerous injuries on her body.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit responded to the scene and immediately commenced an investigation. They canvassed the area and located witnesses who were nearby when the assault occurred and provided a description of the assailant. Moreover, they quickly identified and recovered surveillance video capturing Green fleeing the area. Portions of that video were disseminated to the public through news outlets and other media requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.
Soon thereafter, the police began receiving calls identifying the defendant as the individual seen fleeing in the surveillance video. Green was located and arrested on the evening of April 22, 2015, one day after the sexual assault occurred.
In announcing the plea, Acting U.S. Attorney Cohen and Chief Lanier commended the work performed by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit. They acknowledged the work of the Forensic Services Division of the U.S. Secret Service, which assisted in processing the surveillance video. They also recognized the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan, Paralegal Specialist D’Yvonne Key, Criminal Investigator John Marsh, and Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Park, who is prosecuting the case.