Man who shot himself while raping woman in D.C. officially charged on three charges


WASHINGTON, DC –  A D.C. man has formally been charged for a botched rape of a woman he met online.   Anthony Lillard, of Washington, D.C. met his victim using an online dating app back in December and things got out of control.   Dillard met his female victim at a hotel, where he gained entry into her room and pulled out a gun.  Facing his online date with a gun in his hand, police said Dillard began to rape the woman and he might have gotten away with it if not for Dillard accidentally shooting himself.

For Dillard, the only penetration he got that night was a bullet in him after the woman fought back.  She was also struck by a bullet and was taken to the hospital.

Now, Dillard is facing serious charges before the court in D.C.   Dillard is facing jailtime now as his court case proceeds, having been charged for Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Here’s the original press release from the D.C. Police Department:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred on Sunday, December 20, 2020, in the Unit Block of E Street, Northwest.

At approximately 6:25 am, the victim agreed to meet with the suspect using an online dating application. The suspect responded to a hotel at the listed location. Once inside the victim’s room, the suspect brandished a handgun and attempted to commit a sexual act on the victim. A struggle ensued, causing the gun to discharge and strike both the suspect and the victim. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported both the victim and the suspect to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, 32-year-old Anthony Lillard, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

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