Holocaust Museum lockdown lifted, assault investigation underway

Police responded Sunday to a report of an assault inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Park Police now say there is no evidence of a crime. (Courtesy Mike Demma)(Courtesy Mike Demma)
WASHINGTON — A lockdown has been lifted at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum where an assault investigation is underway.

U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose told WTOP that investigators responded just after 3 p.m. Sunday for a report of a female who was sexually assaulted inside a museum bathroom.

For a time, the museum was put on lockdown to prevent the perpetrator from exiting the museum.

Visitors took to social media, confused about why they could not leave, and said women and children were let out of the museum first.

Others on social media said male visitors remain unable to leave.

It is unknown at this time if the suspect is in custody.

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Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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