W&OD trail exposure case investigated
Two recent incidents involving a man exposing himself to women on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Ashburn may be related, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
The first incident took place on Nov. 2 around 4 p.m., when a man exposed himself to a woman who was using the bike trail, according to the sheriff's office. The victim described the man as possibly Middle Eastern, according to Kraig Troxell, Loudoun sheriff's spokesman.
A second incident was reported Saturday by a woman on the trail who said that a light-skinned black man exposed himself to her, police said.
The man was wearing black sweatpants and a black workout shirt with a spider web design on the front, according to authorities.
In both cases, police said, the man was described as being 5 ft. 9 in. to 6 ft. tall and weighing approximately 180 to 200 pounds. He did not make threatening movements toward either woman, according to Troxell.
"He didn't make any approach and didn't make any statement," he said.
Troxell said exposure cases occur along the trail periodically, though typically during spring or summer months, when more people use the trail.
Women walking the trail should go with others, carry a cell phone and report any suspicious activity immediately, Troxell said.
-- Caitlin Gibson
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