Fairfax Co. police release sketch in student assault

WASHINGTON – Fairfax County Police have released a composite sketch of a possible suspect in the March 19 assault of a high school student.

The suspect is described as a thin, tall white male, 20-40 years of age, around 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with dark hair. He was wearing a light colored shirt and blue/gray shorts.

Police believe he escaped in an early 2000 model Honda Accord or Civic.

The suspect attacked a 16-year-old girl who was walking home on Pickett Road around 4 p.m. from Woodson High School, police say.

The man approached the girl from behind, grabbed her neck and assaulted her. The girl was knocked to the ground after a brief altercation and the assailant fled the scene. The girl screamed and ran for help.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS extension 8477, visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or texting “TIP187″ plus your message to CRIMES/274637.

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