Alexandria, Fairfax Investigate Sex Attacks

From today's Metro section:

A woman who was attacked in Annandale on Wednesday night might have been the seventh victim of a masked sexual predator, Fairfax County and Alexandria police said yesterday.
Police said the Falls Church area woman, 28, was walking along Little River Turnpike toward a bus stop at Columbia Pike about 6 p.m. when a man wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing pulled her down from behind. The woman fought the man off and was not seriously hurt, police said.
Earlier Wednesday, an Alexandria woman, 47, was grabbed from behind by a masked man in the 6100 block of Edsall Road sometime before 6 a.m., police said. The woman struggled and escaped, they said.
On Monday morning, police said, a similarly dressed and masked man molested a woman after hitting her in the face as she walked near Backlick and Braddock roads, also in the Annandale area.
Police said the woman, 36, was dragged into the woods and touched inappropriately before her screaming apparently drove off the attacker.
A similar incident occurred at 5:45 a.m. Nov. 14 along Industrial Road in the Springfield area. In that case, an 18-year-old woman was dragged to a remote area and sexually assaulted. Alexandria reported similar attacks Aug. 31, Nov. 5 and Nov. 9.
The two police departments are working together to investigate the incidents.
-- Tom Jackman

By Focus on Fairfax |  December 21, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  | Category:  Crime
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