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Fairfax man charged with raping teen

A Fairfax County man has been arrested after allegedly picking up a 17-year-old girl he met on MySpace, taking her to a townhouse in Annandale and then stabbing and raping her, Fairfax police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Saturday morning, and police learned of it after the girl claimed she had escaped from the man and called for help, according to a search warrant affidavit written by Fairfax sex crimes Detective James A. Austin, and filed Tuesday in Fairfax Circuit Court.

Deleon. (Fairfax Police)

The girl reported that she had become friends with a man on the social networking site MySpace, and that they had planned to go to Tysons Corner for a meal and a movie, Officer Don Gotthardt said. The man picked the girl up at her residence in Fairfax County around 11 a.m., Austin wrote.

Before they went to Tysons, the man told the girl, he had to stop at his "aunt's house."

The girl went inside with the man and the attack began, Austin wrote.

After being sexually molested, the girl reported, the man produced a folding knife and stabbed her numerous times. He then dragged her to a bathroom, then to some stairs and raped her as she tried to fight him off, the girl told police, according to the affidavit. She said the man tried to clean up the blood she had spilled around the townhouse during the struggle, Austin's affidavit states.

Detectives interviewed the victim at the Inova Fairfax Hospital emergency room on Saturday and found injuries consistent with her story. On Sunday, they drove her from her home in an attempt to find the man's townhouse. They located a townhouse in the 6800 block of Lafayette Park Drive, just off Little River Turnpike in the Annandale area.

On Monday, police arrested Rony N. Herrera Deleon, 27, who lives in the 6700 block of Barrett Road in the Falls Church area. Herrera was hanging cleaning business brochures on front doors when he was picked up, Austin wrote. His car, a white Toyota, had a round object with feathers attached hanging from the rear view mirror, which the victim had described to police, the affidavit stated, and the victim's description of her assailant matched Herrera.

The cleaning business brochures and the Toyota were both registered to the cleaning business, the police affidavit stated. Gotthardt said he did not know if Herrera worked for the service or had been inside anyone's home as a cleaner, but he advised homeowners to check the backgrounds of any business they allow to enter their home.

Herrera was charged with abduction, malicious wounding, rape and inanimate object sexual penetration. He was being held in the Fairfax County jail Tuesday without bond.
On Monday night, police searched the townhouse on Lafayette Park Drive and also obtained DNA samples from Herrera in the jail, court records show.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  July 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman  
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These types of people need to be shot on site. No jail. Some Saudi-style justice is warranted here.

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | July 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

A Fairfax County man has been arrested after allegedly picking up a 17-year-old girl he met on MySpace, taking her to a townhouse...
This girl lets him pick her up and willingly goes with him because she met him on MySpace???

She definitely qualifies as a candidate for the Idiot of the Year Award.

Posted by: checkered1 | July 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Is this Herrera guy Mexican? His MO reflects the drug cartels' treatment of females, if you believe the media reports.

Posted by: perryneheum | July 27, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Horrible human being. And our misguided children keep meeting up with these men they met online. I wish her a speedy recovery, but may her story affect every young person who knows her and who contemplates meeting up with strangers they meet online.

Posted by: brandip_77 | July 27, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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