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The Blotter: D.C. police probe series of sex assaults, Virginia man stopped at airport with loaded gun, two rescued from D.C. fire

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D.C. police probe series of sex assaults

D.C. police have arrested an Alexandria man suspected of sexually assaulting a taxi passenger on Saturday morning and are continuing the investigation of two other sexual assaults over the weekend.

The female passenger was in the cab with the driver and the driver's companion, Mohammed Suleiman Roble, 35, along the 2600 block of Georgia Avenue NW at about 4 a.m. Saturday. When she exited the cab, Roble dragged the woman into an alley and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The victim screamed, and officers responded and arrested Roble on charges of first-degree sexual assault.

A few hours earlier, a woman walking near 21st and H streets NE was pulled to another location and sexually assaulted by at least three men, police said.

A third attack occurred about 3:45 a.m. Sunday on the 1900 block of Lincoln Road NE.

A woman answered her door to find someone who asked to use the telephone. Instead, he sexually assaulted her, police said.

Va. man stopped at airport with loaded gun

A Richmond, Va., man was stopped by TSA officers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport after the officer staffing an X-ray machine spotted a loaded gun in the man's carry-on bag.

Airport police confiscated the .38-caliber handgun, loaded with 11 rounds, on Friday and cited the man on a state weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations. The Richmond man was permitted to catch his flight to Chicago.

Two rescued from D.C. fire

Two people were rescued from a Northeast D.C. fire and taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The fire occurred Sunday afternoon on the second floor of a two-story home on the 100 block of 50th Street NE. D.C. Fire and EMS personnel pulled a 70-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man from the home and then took them to hospitals.

- Naomi Jagoda and Scott McCabe

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