Attacks in Arlington Have Women on Edge

Police say a woman was thrown to the ground and sexually assaulted along Lee Highway on Friday night

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    There's a warning for women in Arlington, Va. after two attacks were reported in one night, believed to be carried out by the same person. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Tuesday, May 15, 2012)

    Women in Arlington are on edge after two separate attacks near Metro stations on Friday night.

    Just after midnight, a woman told police she walking in the 2100 block of Lee Highway when a man grabbed her, threw her to the ground, and began sexually assaulting her with his hand over her mouth.

    Authorities say the woman was able to punch the man, who then threw her into some nearby bushes and ran away.

    Just an hour earlier, officials say a man with a similar description attempted to get inside a garage on the 3300 block of Washington Boulevard. 

    The woman told police she saw him coming and quickly hit the close button for her garage door. The man blocked the sensor, sending the door back up, but by then, the woman was able to run inside her home, police say.

    The suspect is described as being a black man wearing a red-and-white checkered shirt with khaki pants and black gloves.