Sketch Released of Suspect in Two Break-Ins

From today's Metro section:

Fairfax County police released a composite sketch this week of a man they think broke into two houses on Christmas Eve in the area where two women have been killed since August. Investigators are trying to determine whether the four cases are related, police said.

The first attack Dec. 24 occurred on Frontier Drive, near Springfield Mall, between 8 and 9:40 p.m. A woman told police that a man knocked at her door, then forced his way in and stabbed her in the arm.

While investigating that case, officers learned that a man had entered a home on nearby Alamo Street about 8:30 p.m. and told a resident that he was looking for food. He did not show a weapon or attack anyone, Officer Richard Henry said.

Henry said there was no evidence to link the man to the slayings of Marion B. Marshall on Aug. 14 and Marion J. Newman on Nov. 21, who were killed in their homes in the Springfield area, "but we are looking at the possibility," he said.

The suspect is described as a stocky man in his early- to mid-20s with light-brown skin. He's about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He had a thin mustache and spoke broken English with a Spanish accent. He wore a red and blue nylon jacket, dark bluejeans and a baseball cap. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax police at 703-691-2131.

-- Tom Jackman

By Focus on Fairfax |  January 5, 2007; 10:37 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Public Safety
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