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Police: Man Cornered, Assaulted Woman in Crystal City

The Arlington County Police Department has arrested a man on charges of sexual assault and fraud after police say he cornered a woman and stole her credit cards.

Officers were dispatched to a reported assault at 7:42 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 on the 1700 block of Crystal Drive  — an area near the Crystal City Metro station — per an ACPD press release.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside a business when an unknown male suspect entered, cornered her and made inappropriate sexual comments,” the press release noted. “The victim yelled at the suspect and forcefully pushed him away, prompting him to flee the scene on foot prior to police arrival.”

Arlington resident Yohannes Gebreyesus, 36, was apprehended by officers nearby a day later.

A patrolling officer arrested Gebreyesus near the Crystal City Metro on Sunday, July 14, after Gebreyesus had made several purchases with the stolen credit cards, police said.

Gebreyesus was charged with one count of Attempted Rape, two counts of Credit Card Theft, one count of Credit Card Fraud, and a warrant for a previous felony violation of his probation.

A man matching Gebreyesus’ name previously pleaded guilty to three charges of grand larceny for stealing vehicles between 2012 and 2018, according to county court records. Arlington County Circuit Court records note that the Yohannes Gebreyesus charged with the 2018 grand larceny violated his parole in April.

The full press release from police is below, after the jump.

The Arlington County Police Department has charged a suspect following a sexual assault and fraud investigation. Yohannes Gebreyesus, 36, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with Attempted Rape, Credit Card Theft (x2), Credit Card Fraud and served with an outstanding warrant for Felony Probation Violation. He is being held without bond in the Arlington County Detention Facility.

At approximately 7:42 p.m. on July 13, police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Crystal Drive for the report of an assault that just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the female victim was inside a business when an unknown male suspect entered, cornered her and made inappropriate sexual comments. The victim yelled at the suspect and forcefully pushed him away, prompting him to flee the scene on foot prior to police arrival.

It was later determined that the victim’s credit cards had also been stolen during the incident and used at multiple locations. Utilizing various investigative resources, officers developed a suspect description based on additional information. Officers on patrol near the Crystal City Metro on July 14 observed an individual matching the suspect description. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, determined to be previously wanted out of Arlington County, and subsequently charged with various criminal offenses related to the July 13 incident.

This remains an active criminal investigation. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective J. Echenique of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 703-228-4241 or [email protected]. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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