Photo of Person of Interest Released In Library Restroom Assault

Man entered ladies' room at the Thomas Jefferson Library

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012  |  Updated 2:09 PM EDT
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News4's Jim Rosenfield reports from Fairfax County after a 17-year-old girl was assaulted in a library restroom.

Jim Rosenfield

News4's Jim Rosenfield reports from Fairfax County after a 17-year-old girl was assaulted in a library restroom.

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Police have released a photo of a person they believe may be responsible for the assault of a 17 year old girl Wednesday at the Thomas Jefferson Library in Falls Church.

Police are now canvassing nearby neighborhoods with flyers in English and Spanish that feature a photograph of the suspect that they believe may be responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

The 17-year-old said Wednesday that she had noticed the man watching her as she studied. When she felt intimidated as she was leaving, she ducked into a restroom.

"Within seconds, he followed her," said Lucy Caldwell of the Fairfax County Police Department. "She yelled at him to get out... and then he touched her and assaulted her."

The girl kicked him and screamed for help, and he fled the scene.

Police described the suspect as a black male from 5'7" to 5'10," with a shaved head, a diagonal scar on his forehead and a gap in his front teeth.

Library workers told police they had seen him before, but weren't aware of any previous incidents or violent behavior.

The victim is shaken up, but wasn't physically harmed, police said.

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