Braddock Distsrict Supervisor John Cook will host a Community Awareness Meeting on April 2 at Robinson Secondary School in the Gold Cafeteria, 5035 Sideburn Road at 7:30 p.m. to address community concerns following two reported sexual assaults that occurred in the Braddock District. Captain Hill from the West Springfield Police Station will be in attendance to answer questions from the community.
Police are investigating a report of a 16-year-old girl who was reportedly grabbed in the woods around 4 p.m. Monday, March 19. The girl had just entered a path at the end of Pickett Road while walking home from Woodson High School. She reported that a man approached her from behind, grabbed her neck, and assaulted her. She struggled and was knocked to the ground. After a brief altercation, the offender fled the scene. The girl screamed and ran to a nearby home for help. Police arrived within minutes. The suspect is described as between 18-27 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and around 170 pounds. He had short black hair and wore a white T-shirt and shorts.
On Wednesday, March 14, around 10 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in a wooded area in the 9700 block of Commonwealth Boulevard. The man threatened the victim with a knife or edged weapon and sexually assaulted her. The suspect was startled by a noise and fled the scene. The victim was then able to summon help. The suspect was described as white, about 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a sweatshirt. His face was partially concealed.
Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail form can be filled out at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or you can also text “TIP187″ plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Please stay safe and always be aware of your surroundings, and always – if you see something, say something. If you would like additional information on public safety tips please go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/citizen-awareness/personal-safety-tips.htm or you may download the public safety brochure from the Fairfax County Police Department at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/brochure/personal-safety.pdf