WASHINGTON — A 26-year-old convicted felon faces abduction, rape and sodomy charges after police say he grabbed an 11-year-old Woodbridge, Virginia girl on the way to school Tuesday.
Prince William County Police said Adam-Seth Nathaneal Walter, 26, of no fixed address snatched the child on Essex Drive.
Police say they connected Walter to the crime through forensic evidence recovered from the scene. Police apprehended him in the area during an unrelated investigation.
The young victim had been walking to school when Walter allegedly grabbed the girl and said he had a gun, a police news release said.
When a 34-year-old woman standing outside her home saw what was happening, Walter repeatedly struck her before forcing her and the girl into her home, police said.
Another person inside the home heard the struggle and attempted to intervene. Walter then ran from the home with the girl in tow. After Walter left the residence, the woman immediately called the police.
Walter then took the 11-year-old to an address on Cumberland Drive where he sexually assaulted her, police said. After the assault, he released the victim and took off on foot. The girl approached a police officer stationed in the area a short time later.
Both the girl and woman were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
In addition to one count of rape and two counts of sodomy in the attack on the girl, Walter is charged with one count of abduction with intent to defile, one count of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of indecent liberties.
In connection with the woman struck and forced into her home, Walter faces charges of abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, robbery, burglary with intent to commit larceny, malicious wounding and possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon.
He is being held without bail.
Walter was convicted in 2012 in Fairfax County Circuit Court on two counts of assaulting a police officer — felony charges — and one misdemeanor count of a concealed weapon violation.
In addition, Walter was convicted late last month for disorderly conduct. He’d been arrested Aug. 23 after a woman at a shopping center told Manassas City police a man was following her. He matched the description and was arrested because he was urinating.
Prince William police said that while Walter has no fixed address, he does have family in Manassas.
WTOP’s Will Vitka, Max Smith, Rick Massimo ans John Aaron contributed to this report.