WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Fairfax Police Looking For Suspect In Abduction Attempts

Play associated audio

Several abduction attempts last week targeting teenage girls near Oakton High School, as well as two sexual assaults targeting women nearby in Herndon, Va., have police in Northern Virginia looking for one or more suspects.

The first abduction attempt happened Tuesday, Oct. 11 around 6:30 a.m. A man standing on a sidewalk near Oakton High School in Vienna grabbed a student walking to school along Blake Avenue and tried to force her into a car. She managed to escape.

Later that same day, just a few miles away in Herndon, there were two sexual assaults, one at 3:45 p.m., the other at 7 p.m. In both cases, a man approached the lone victims and identified himself as a police officer. One woman was assaulted near her home the other was forced into a four-door gray car and sexually assaulted there.

Then, on Friday Oct. 14, a man approached two girls walking home from Oakton High School in the afternoon. They yelled at him and he ran away. In all the cases, the fleeing vehicle is described as having four doors and being light in color. 

In all cases, the assailant has been described as being in his early twenties to mid thirties, either Asian or Hispanic, and of middle height and weight. In the attempted abductions, the teen girls described a man with short black hair and an eyebrow piercing. The car he fled in is described as a white, four-door subcompact vehicle with a 'baby on board' sign.

On Monday, Oakton High School officials sent an email to parents making therm aware of the situation. One teenager walking to Oakton High School this morning, who asked that we not use her name, says she's been told to heed the school's warning.

"My dad was telling me that I have to be very careful," she says. 

At this point, neither Herndon or Fairfax police will link the attempted abductions in Oakton to the assaults in Herndon, saying there are discrepancies in the suspect and vehicle descriptions. They do say, however, that detectives are exploring all possibilities.

In both cases the man is described as being in his mid-twenties, slim, medium height, with short black hair and an eyebrow piercing. The car he fled in is described as a white, four-door subcompact vehicle with a 'baby on board' sign.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 3, 2015

You can hear female vocalists perform blues and bluegrass at two concerts this week.

WAMU 88.5

Farms, Coasts And Air Conditioning: What Climate Change Means For Virginia

Climate change presents obstacles for just about everywhere in the United States — but rising temperatures are expected to be felt keenly in a number of Virginia's important economic areas.

NPR

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

President Obama will unveil climate change regulations Monday, expected to set tougher limits on coal than previously proposed. NPR's Scott Horsley previews the announcement with host Rachel Martin.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.