Braddock District Supervisor John Cook invites neighbors to a police information session on two recent assaults around Fairfax City.
Residents will get a chance to voice their concerns, understand what's being done to secure the community, and hear safety advice from Fairfax County Police Captain Joe Hill, who leads the West Springfield Police Station. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 at Robinson Secondary School.
Fairfax neighborhoods are reeling after two local assaults. A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the woods off Commonwealth Boulevard in Kings Park West on March 14. A week later a 16-year-old W.T. Woodson High School student was grabbed and assaulted while walking home from school near Frost Middle School.
The two crimes carry some similarities:
- Both victims were grabbed from behind in or near a wooded area.
- The suspect(s) ended up got spooked and fled the scene, allowing the victims to call for help.
- Police released similar suspect descriptions. In both cases the attackers were white, around 5-feet 7-inches tall.
- The victims were female, around the same age.
- The attacks occurred within three miles of each other.
But that doesn't mean the cases are related. They still happened at different times of the day. The suspect used a knife to threaten his victim in the Kings Park West sexual assault.
Police released a neighbor's surveillance photos and videos of a suspect jogging down a Frost-area street around the time of the latest attack. County and Fairfax City officers stepped up patrols in the Woodson area.
Call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 with any information. You can also e-mail Crime Solvers at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637. Phone Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.