Police: Woman sexually assaulted on N. Va. bridge

WASHINGTON — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect they say attempted sexual assault over the weekend.

Authorities say on Saturday around 2:30 a.m., a 27-year-old woman was grabbed and inappropriately groped.

The victim told police she was walking along the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia, when a passing man grabbed her from behind and pulled her off the sidewalk. The suspect covered her mouth and attempted to place his hands under her shorts, police said in a news release Monday. He fled once the victim broke free, police said.

Detectives described the suspect as a white man with a medium build in his late 20s to early 30s. He is said to be around 5 feet 9 inches tall, with fair skin and dirty blonde hair. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and tan shorts or slacks at the time of the incident. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot toward D.C.

Police ask anyone with information on the suspect’s identity to contact the Special Victim’s Unit of the Arlington Police Department at 703-228-4240 or email Ricolari@arlingtonva.us. Anonymous tips can be reported to Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

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