Demarco Myles, 19, was arrested in two sexual assault-related crimes that occurred within the past two weeks, including one in which he allegedly attacked a teenage girl in a dorm room at Howard University, District police announced last Saturday.
Friday November 2, Myles entered a female student’s dorm room at Howard University, showed a knife to the female victim, and then sexually assaulted her. It is unknown how he got into her dorm.
In a similar incident on October 26, Myles allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times as she tried to defend herself from his attempt to sexually assault her. Apparently Myles knocked on the victim’s door and forced himself inside as she opened it.
Myles has been charged with assault with the intent to commit First Degree Sexual Assault while armed and First Degree Sexual Assault.
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement, “Had we not located [the suspect], it is our belief that he would have continued to attack women,".
The fact that this man sexually assaulted these women illustrates that victims can be targeted near their homes, at their schools, or anywhere else. Thus, it is important that we all take precautionary measures to help avoid these kinds of brutal attacks. There are some safety measures we can take to help protect ourselves and loved ones:
- Close any doors which appear to be propped open.
- Close first floor windows in rooms which people are not present.
- Do not hold doors from strangers approaching from behind you.
- Do not immediately open your door following a knock or bell ring. Check to see who it is FIRST! If you were not expecting someone, it is justifiable not to open it.
- Lock your doors and windows at all times.
- Do not ever trust others with your dorm or room keys.
These might seem like very trivial things, but they can help save your life.