Sketch released in NOVA students’ assaults on or near campus

Loudoun County Sheriff\'s office released this composite sketch of a suspect in two assaults that occurred Monday. Officials belive the two cases may be related. (Courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff\'s Office)

WASHINGTON – Sheriff’s officials have released a sketch of a suspect after two female students were sexually assaulted this week on or near the Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun campus.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s officials say one of the assaults occurred near the campus as a female student was walking from campus to a bus stop in the 21100 block of Potomac View Road, between 7:20 and 8 p.m. Monday.

The student told police a man started talking to her about the bus and then tried to kiss her cheek, hugged her and kissed her.

Sheriff’s officials say a similar incident occurred Monday around 7 p.m. on a pedestrian walkway near the north lot of the Loudoun campus.

The student reported no physical injuries.

Sheriff’s officials believe the incidents are related.

Both victims described the suspect as being between 5-feet-6-inches to 5-feet-7- inches tall, with an athletic build, short dark curly hair and wearing a dark colored T-shirt with striped shorts. They also described him as having a thick accent of unknown descent.

The suspect was described by the victim at the bus stop as possibly being white or Hispanic, while the victim on NOVA’s campus described the suspect as being white or Middle Eastern.

Last week, a female student was sexually assaulted on NOVA’s Annandale campus.

NVCC police say the woman was assaulted around 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the third floor east stairwell of the CM Building.

Police say the incident occurred while the victim was walking up the stairs and was broken up almost immediately by witnesses.

There were no reported injuries.

The suspect is described as a black man, 6-feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds and in his early 20s.

College police say anyone with safety concerns can request a police escort at anytime by calling 703-764-5000.

Suspicious activity should be reported to NOVA police at 703-764-5000.

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