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Intruder climbed into bed with Sterling woman

A man entered a Sterling home early April 5 and climbed into bed with a 60-year-old woman, Loudoun Sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said the man walked into the home in the 100 block of Farmington Court through an unlocked door just after 1 a.m. on April 5. The intruder got into bed with the woman, but fled when she screamed.

The woman was able to provide only a sketchy description. The man had short dark hair and was wearing dark clothing, authorities said. Authorities said a red car was seen in the area around the time of the break-in.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Investigator W. Promisel of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  April 5, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Loudoun , Maria Glod  
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What was the man's race and or complexion? Maybe she didn't get a good look, but it would certainly narrow things down more if we knew the complexion of the perp. Otherwise anyone with short dark hair is a suspect.

Posted by: TG10 | April 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah seems to be a public disservice not to print the race of the attacker.

Sterling is within range of the East Coast Rapist, a black male who is about 200 lbs. and 6 feet tall and who sometimes speaks with a carriban accent. The East Coast Rapist is known to enter homes silently in the middle of the night and attack women in their beds.

So is this the same guy? If not, why not?

Posted by: blasmaic | April 5, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Short dark hair, driving a red car. Thats one hell of a discription, oh lets not forget dark clothing. ONE HELL OF A REPORTER!!!

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 5, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

They don't print the race and other details of the attacker because it's believed the information is of little value to apprehending the suspect, but makes everyone fearful of black males.

That's okay in most instances but not these days. The Washington Post just ran a lengthy article on the East Coast Rapist to call peoples' attention to the public safety risk, and to try and find the perpetrator.

The problem now is that when an attack occurs that could be the serial rapist, the Post doesn't disclose information that could exclude an attack from being an East Coast Rapist attack. That's bad enough. But then the Post also doesn't publish information that could serve as warning to the public that it is possibly an East Coast Rapist attack.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 5, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Authorities said the man walked into the home...through an unlocked door...
And we have another genius who just can't figure out why this happened to her.

Posted by: checkered1 | April 6, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Not printing the race of someone or their complexion (since often you can't tell someone's race) is stupid. That is a very obvious way to eliminate suspects and keep on the lookout for others. And if a suspect is black why would everyone be fearful of all black males. That is just plain stupid. In this area there are so many races and we all live, work, and commute near each other.

Posted by: TG10 | April 6, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I live in the cul-de-sac next to this woman. As soon as I come in the house I deadbolt the door. There is no way that I would go to sleep without making sure that all of the doors are locked. Thank God she wasn't hurt.

Posted by: Tai-auntie | April 6, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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