Alert Issued after Report of Assault on W&OD Trail

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported attempted sexual assault that occurred Aug. 17 on the W&OD Trail just east of Sterling Boulevard.

The incident was reported to authorities yesterday.

The victim said she was walking on the trail around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday when she was approached by two men. The suspects came from a wooded area and pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her. The suspects reportedly fled the scene after a bicyclist rode by.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a thin build, black curly hair and was wearing a black shirt. The second suspect was also described as a black male that was slightly shorter with a thin build, black curly hair and was wearing a gray shirt.

Anyone with information about the suspects or who witnessed the assault is asked to contact Det. P. Beaver at 703-777-0475.

In light of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office will have an increased presence in the area and conduct directed patrols on the trail.

Residents are advised to take the following steps to protect themselves when using paths and trails:

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear earphones.
  • Walk, run or bike with a partner or group.
  • Let someone know when you are on the trail, your route and when you expect to return.
  • Walk, run or bike when the path or trail is likely to have a higher volume of foot traffic.
  • Avoid using paths or trails when it is dark outside. Note: the W&OD trail is closed after dark for safety. Anyone on the trail after dark is considered to be trespassing.
  • Carry a cell phone.

Any suspicious activity should be reported by calling 703-777-1021.

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