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Metropolitan Police Department Officer Arrested Following Assault Incidents

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Agents of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Division investigated allegations of assault involving an on-duty MPD officer that occurred in January and February 2019.

On January 14, 2019, at the MPD Fifth District station located in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road, Northeast, the suspect approached the victim and touched her without her consent.

On February 2, 2019, at the MPD Fourth District station located in the 6000 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, the suspect approached the victim and touched her without her consent.

On February 5, 2019, at the MPD Fourth District Station located in the 6000 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, the suspect approached the victims and touched them without their consent and threatened another victim.

At the times of the offenses, the suspect and the victims were co-workers.

On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 51 year-old Robert A. Anderson of Hanover, MD, was arrested and charged with five counts of Simple Assault. He has been employed with the Department since 1990 and is assigned to the Fifth District. His police powers had been revoked and in a duty status that does not require him to interact with the public. 

“The Metropolitan Police Department does not condone any criminal or immoral conduct by an employee,” said Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “Officer Anderson’s actions are disgraceful and not a representation of the men and women of this agency.”