FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) — A 16-year-old female student from Woodson High School says she was assaulted as she walked home on Monday.
The student told police a man grabbed her from behind shortly after she entered a path into the woods at the end of Picket Road in Fairfax. The suspect grabbed the girl’s neck and assaulted her.
The victim struggled with her attacker and was knocked to the ground. The offender fled the scene after the brief altercation. The girl then screamed and ran to a nearby home for help.
On Wednesday, detectives released a surveillance photo of a possible suspect.
The suspect is described as a man with a thin build between 20 and 40 years old, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing roughly 170 pounds. He had short black hair and wore a white t-shirt and shorts at the time of the assault.
Police believe he was driving a white, four-door early 2000’s Honda Accord.
The incident seems similar to an assault on another young woman that occurred last week in Fairfax, but authorities say there is no evidence linking the two crimes at this time.
Authorities ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.