Suspect Arrested in F.C. Fits Description in Area Assaults

Police Witness Same M.O. as in 11 Other Attacks

Late last night, the News-Press was contacted by Falls Church City Hall with the report of an arrest made by Falls Church Police on Hillwood Avenue that could be linked to at least 11 other assaults on women in the Northern Virginia region since last August.

At about 7:25 p.m., a man under surveillance by Fairfax Police approached a lone woman from behind who was walking on Hillwood and assaulted her.
The Fairfax Police detained him and contacted Falls Church Police, since the incident took place in the City. City police arrested the suspect for abduction with the intent to defile and sexual battery. No identity or description of the suspect was immediately provided.

After extensive questioning at Falls Church police headquarters, the suspect was in the process of being transported to the Arlington Detention Center at 11 p.m.
“It appeared to police that the man and his approach to the woman broadly matched the suspect or individuals involved in recent assaults in the region,” Falls Church’s Chief Public Information Officer Nicole Gobbo said in a telephone report to the News-Press. “Our police will work with Fairfax and Alexandria police departments to establish if there is a connection.”

In the City’s written press statement released at 10:59 p.m., it was reported that “any connections to at least 11 cases in which a masked suspect abducted and assaulted female victims will be made by the lead agencies investigating those cases.