Near the corner of Foch Street and Seventh Street in Fort Worth, it’s not uncommon to see people taking an evening stroll or riding their bikes.
Bradley Perez, spokesman for the Fort Worth police, said it’s a working-class neighborhood that draws a crowd on some nights.
“There are a lot of companies, but keep in mind that a lot of companies are being laid off at the same time and there’s a mass exodus,” Perez said.
That’s why the police are warning people to stay alert. Fort Worth police confirmed to NBC 5 that a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked to her car in the area last Monday near the 900 block of Foch Street. Officials said the victim was threatened with a gun during the attack.
News of the assault quickly spread among regulars who live and work in the community.
“Stay tight with a group of people. A lot of my friends who are bartenders here, I’ll make sure to walk them to their car, just because there’s just a lot of scum and idiots,” said Pierson V., a man who frequents establishments there.
Three days later, police arrested the man they believe was responsible. Caylon Washington, 24, confessed to authorities before being convicted of aggravated sexual assault.
Perez said several elements came together to stalk Washington, including the use of technology.
“Not only did the sex crimes detectives make the scene shortly after it happened, but we already had officers who were already in our crime center in real time, going through hours and hours of re-enacting footage. what they could,” Perez said.
Today people tell us they feel safe, but there is an increased awareness.
“If she hadn’t been as brave as she was to come forward immediately and let us know everything that happened, who knows if that person might have got away with it,” Perez said.
Police said they entered Washington’s data into the FBI’s Violent Crimes Apprehension Program database to determine if he was responsible for other assaults. So far, there is no indication that Washington has ever committed similar crimes.