2 international students sexually assaulted at Burke home

WASHINGTON – Two international students looking for work were lured to a home in Fairfax County where police say they were drugged and sexually assaulted.

The two women, ages 20 and 31, were treated at the hospital for a number of injuries they suffered in the March 8 attack, according to Fairfax County police.

The women, who reported the attack to their embassy, are from Mongolia and were here studying at a school in Northern Virginia.

Fairfax County police say contacts within the Mongolian community suggested that the women look for jobs at the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington. While there, they learned of a job cleaning houses but they had to go to a home in Burke for more information. While the women were at the home, they were given alcohol and then sexually assaulted, police say.

No arrests have been made. But police believe other women have been attacked.

“We want to hear from them,” says Lucy Caldwell, spokeswoman for the police department, who called the allegations “horrific.”

Anyone who has experienced a similar situation or who knows who is behind the attacks is asked to call Detective Darrin DeCoster at 703-246-4524 or send an email to darrin.decoster@fairfaxcounty.gov.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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