LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Deputies from Loudoun County are investigating two robberies in the Sterling area that occurred on Saturday in the early morning hours.

Police say they first responded to a 62-year-old woman who was found injured around 5:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of E. Severn Way. The woman was approached by a man who tried to grab her purse and, after a brief struggle, hit her with a blunt object described as a handgun.

The woman suffered minor injuries and the man fled the area with the purse.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 male wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. Police say the man had the hood pulled up over his head to cover his face.

Around 9:30 p.m., police responded to the Reston Hospital for a 52-year-old woman who was assaulted earlier Saturday. Police say the woman was going to a friend’s house around 5 a.m. when a man knocked on the window of her car in the 21000 block of Stanford Square.

The man opened her door, showed a gun and demanded money, according to police. He then ordered the woman out of her car and told her to remove her pants.

Police say the man then sexually assaulted her during the robbery. He then fled after he heard the woman’s friend coming to meet her.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot black male in his late 20’s wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt with the hood up to cover his face.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office could not immediately confirm if the two incidents are related.

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