Detectives Investigating Sexual Assault Along Trail in Fairfax
Fair Oaks Police District – Fair Oaks detectives are investigating a sexual assault that occurred late yesterday afternoon on a bike and walking trail near Waples Mill Road and Random Hills Road. A woman was walking alone along the trail at 5:10 pm when a man grabbed her from behind in a bear hug and groped her. The attack stopped when a passing car spooked the suspect. He was last seen running westbound along Random Hills Road. The victim was not injured. Responding officers, K-9 units and our helicopter saturated the area looking for the man but didn’t find him. He’s described as white, 18 – 30 years old, with a thin build, and around 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall. He had dark blonde/light brown hair and was unshaven and was wearing jeans and a white t-shirt.
Detectives are working to determine if this case is linked to several other assaults that have occurred on nearby trails in the Fairfax area in which the victims’ buttocks were grabbed. Over the last two weeks, there were five assaults that generally occurred after 4 pm, as women were exercising along the trails.
Please consider following these safety tips so everyone can continue to safely enjoy the trails:
• Run, jog, or walk in familiar areas and with a friend.
• Do not run, jog, or walk in a poorly lit or secluded area or after dark.
• Do not wear a headphones or earbuds.
• Switch up your route and pattern so your actions aren’t predictable.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
If you have been a victim of an assault and have not reported it or have information about these crimes, please call Detective N. Porter at 703-591-0966.