Man charged with attempted rape, burglary in Arlington

WASHINGTON — The man armed with a knife who broke into an Arlington home and tried to sexually assault a girl Friday morning has been identified and charged with attempted rape and burglary.

Jermaine Johnson was taken into police custody on Saturday, police said.

After conducting surveillance in the 1700 block of North Troy Street in Arlington, officers chased Johnson on-foot when he fled from the residence.

He is being held at the Arlington County Detention Facility without bond.

The Friday incident occurred before 8 a.m. in the 800 block of South Frederick Street.

Arlington County police were using canine units and air patrols in their search for Johnson, who was described as a 20- to 30-year-old black man approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with short hair. He was wearing a black shirt and black jeans at the time of the incident.

The victim, who police say is a minor, was taken to a local hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at 703-228-4241 or email To report information anonymously, contact Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

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