The Leesburg Police Department has released a sketch of the suspect in this morning’s attempted assault of a jogger on the W&OD Trail.
The victim was an off-duty Loudoun County deputy running on the W&OD Trail just before 6:30 a.m. when she was approached by a person described as an older black man, possibly in his late 40s or early 50s, with a medium complexion. He was described as about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 220 pounds. He was wearing all black clothing. Leesburg Police Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Dubé said he displayed what appeared to be a box cutter. The victim ran away and the suspect also ran from the scene.
The jogger was not injured and no physical contact took place between the suspect and the victim. The altercation took place in the area between King Street and Valley View Avenue, just east of Dry Mill Road.
Law enforcement has formed a perimeter to search the area, and a helicopter was brought in from Fairfax County to help. The search for the suspect has so far been unsuccessful.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the police department immediately at 703-771-4500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent using TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 and leave your message with LPDTIP.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said this morning’s attempted assault is likely unrelated to the reported assault on the W&OD Trail in Sterling earlier this week. In that case, a woman reported that on Aug. 17 two younger black men attempted to assault her near Sterling Boulevard.
The investigation is ongoing and the Leesburg Police Department is advising users of the trail to take the following steps to protect themselves when using paths and trails:
• Always 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. The W&OD trail is closed after dark for safety. Anyone on the trail after dark is considered to be trespassing.
• Always carry a cell phone
This is a developing story.