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Fairfax Police Looking For Suspect In Abduction Attempts

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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.

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