ACPD Investigates Sexual Assault in Arlington Ridge

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm 6,111 9 Comments

A female jogger was sexually assaulted this morning on Army Navy Drive, in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood, according to police.

The jogger, 37, was knocked to the ground, kicked several times and touched in a sexual manner, police say. She was taken to the hospital to treat her injuries.

The police department issued the following press release about the incident this afternoon.

The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that occurred this morning in the 2000 block of Army Navy Drive. At approximately 6:35 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2011, an unknown male attacked a female jogging down the sidewalk.

A 37 year-old female was running when an unknown male knocked her to the ground. He kicked her several times to immobilize her and touched her in a sexual manner against her will. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as an African American male approximately 30-40 years old, 5’10” to 6’ tall with a medium build. He had several inches of hair growth on his head and was wearing a button-down light blue shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. This assault does not appear to be connected to any other incidents in the area and the investigation is on-going.

If anyone was in the area during this time and witnessed suspicious behavior, or the assault, they are asked contact Detective James Stone at (703) 228-4245. Det. Stone can also be contacted via e-mail at [email protected] Witnesses can also call the Arlington Police Tip-Line at (703) 228-4242.

  • JimPB

    Wish it weren’t so, but equipping for self-defense can be prudent.

    I’ve heard that a can of uncapped spray paint can be both an effective defensive weapon and identifier of an assailant. (Secure the can with am arm band so that the top of the can is in the palm and the button on the top that releases the spray can be readily finger pressed.

    • CW

      Know what else works? A butterfly knife, provided that carry is legal in Arlington, of which I’m not sure.

      • KalashniKEV

        Butterfly knives are ridiculous and absurd.

        (That being said, I liked playing with them when I was a kid… and still have some flashy moves!)

        • CW

          Yes KEV, we all know you go jogging with your KA-BAR.

    • Pepper spray with dye.

  • Mike

    There was an incident today involving a Yorktown High student. An excerpt from the Principal’s email alerting parents:

    At approximately 3:45 pm today a 15 year old student from Yorktown was approached by a man who ran up to her and grabbed her inappropriately and then ran away. The incident occurred in the 2600 block of Florida Street. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

    The student reported the incident to her father and he contacted the school administration. Yorktown staff immediately contacted the police who are now investigating.

  • Newtdog73

    Situational awareness (SA) is your first defense. Running around in “the zone” with your headphones on is a great way to get the miles in but if you’re not aware of your surroundings it can also get you hurt, I run and see it almost everyday……run with a partner and try to stay off the trails after dark or nearing sunset.

  • Michael H.

    I hope the police catch that guy.

  • soarlslacker

    Tasers are legal in VA. Also, while mace does not have a great range, Bear Spray (a large can of mace) shoots about 15 feet.


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