A woman was sexually assaulted this weekend in Arlington, Virginia in what is at least the 10th attack on a woman in the area since late July.
A 23-year-old woman was walking home about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a man who had been following her pushed her into bushes on the 1800 block of N. Scott Street in Rosslyn, Arlington County Police said Monday.
The man touched the victim inappropriately and implied he had a knife, according to police.
Arlington County Police described the suspect as a black man in his 20s who stood about 5-foot-10 and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.
Just days earlier, a man pushed a woman into bushes about 2 miles west, in the Ballston area, after she got off a bus. Police do not believe this attack on the 1200 block of N. Quincy Street is connected to the attack Saturday.
At least eight other attacks on women have been reported in Arlington since late July:
- A man pushed a woman into bushes near 15th Street and Courthouse Road about 1:20 a.m. July 25 and tried to shove his hand into her pants.
- A man threw a woman to the ground as she was running on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail in the Glencarlyn Park area about 8:45 p.m. July 31.
- A man pushed a woman to the ground and touched her inappropriately about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1 on the 4300 block of N. Pershing Drive.
- A man grabbed a woman walking on the 1900 block of N. Highland Street about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 8, pulled a pillowcase over her head and tried to sexually assault her.
- A man carrying a stick grabbed the wrists of a woman and tried to drag her into the woods about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 13 on the 800 block of N. Frederick Street.
- A man tried to wrestle a mother to the ground as she walked with her young daughter about 8 p.m. Aug. 21 in Lubber Run Park.
- A man asked a woman for directions and then touched her inappropriately about 9:35 p.m. Aug. 24 on the 2000 block of S. Columbia Pike.
- A man approached a woman sitting on a bench, spoke with her and then touched her inappropriately between 1 and 2 p.m. Sept. 8 on the 1500 block of S. Fern Street.