Fairfax Co. police search for man who grabbed woman on W&OD Trail

Police are investigating after a man grabbed a woman on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Reston, Virginia, before running off early Friday.

Fairfax County police were called to the W&OD Trail between Town Center Parkway and the Fairfax County Parkway around 8:10 a.m. Friday after a woman reported a man had grabbed her around the waist from behind.

According to a news release, the victim broke free and saw the man running toward the 12100 block of Sunset Hills Road with no pants on.



Police described the suspect as a white or Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years of age, wearing a dark-colored head band and a yellow exercise vest. K-9 units searched the area but did not find the suspect.

Herndon Police reported a separate incident of assault and indecent exposure on the W&OD Trail Friday that took place around 3 p.m. near Ferndale Avenue.

Authorities are investigating to see if it’s connected to the incident that occurred in Reston that morning.

Detectives with FCPD’s Major Crimes Bureau Sex Crimes Squad believe the Reston suspect may have also exposed himself between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Aug. 3, Aug. 15 and Aug. 18 along the W&OD trail near the Fairfax County Parkway.

Anyone with more information can call investigators by dialing 703-246-7800, option 3. Residents in the area with home security cameras are being asked to review recent footage for suspicious activity.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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