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On Sunday around 5pm one of our housemates was chased down the street on her bike by two men who shouted at her that they wanted her bike and that they were going to take it (among other things). They chased her for over a block until she turned onto Arundel. She was extremely shaken by this and, understandably, didn’t have a great description of the men. She decided not to call the police. She’s only staying with us for about four months and we hate that this incident is going to forever color the time she’s spent here in our neighborhood.

We’re doing our best now to try to make her feel safe again and like she’s not trapped in the house, but really there’s not much any of us can do. It is so frustrating that these men can do something like this and still remain anonymous. I’m tempted to try something stupid like have my boyfriend follow me in a car while I ride up and down the street, but that probably wouldn’t be a good idea.

Submitted by C.S. on  10/4/2010

Location: Chillum and Arundel, Mt Rainier, MD

Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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One Response

  1. FFF

    I hate that this experience could ruin your housemate’s perception of DC, and make her think its all this city has to offer.

    I had a similarly distressing experience within a couple weeks of moving downtown (from Alexandria), on one of my very first rides around the my new neighborhood; a group of guys “complimented” my bike as I slowed for a stop sign, so I said “thanks” and kept rolling. They then demanded that I “sell it to them”, at which point I began to suspect that if I stopped to entertain their offer I’d be in trouble. As I rode off, they chased me for half a block yelling “get back here with that bike!”

    If these guys were this aggressive with me (I’m a 6’2, 180 lbs guy), I can only imagine how bold they might be when confronting someone they perceive as easier to intimidate.

    I don’t know if it will be any consolation to your housemate, but I haven’t had any remotely similar experience since then. Don’t let these jerks keep you from enjoying a great city.