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Police Say Merrifield Area Assault Report Was False

Detectives have determined that an abduction that reportedly occurred in the area of Gallows Road and Arlington Boulevard around 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 was a false report.

A 26-year-old woman told police she was walking along Arlington Boulevard when she saw a white van pull up next to her. A man allegedly grabbed the woman, pulled her inside the vehicle and headed eastbound on Arlington Boulevard. According to the initial report released to the media, the victim tried to escape from three men that were inside the van. As she fought off her assailants, they pushed her out of the van near the intersection of Fairfax Boulevard and Chain Bridge Road. The next day, the victim sought medical attention for serious injuries.

Further investigation has determined this incident appears to be domestic in nature and the victim and suspect were known to each other. Police continue to investigate to determine exactly where the assault took place and whether charges are appropriate.