Woman Confronts Thieves, Assaulted at Ida Lee Recreation Center

The Leesburg Police Department is investigating a theft and assault that happened Monday afternoon in the parking lot of the Ida Lee Recreation Center.

According to the report, dispatchers received a report about two men assaulting a woman in the parking lot at approximately 3:40 p.m. Aug. 3. Upon arrival, police found the 45-year-old victim who told officers that she discovered one of the men in her vehicle and confronted him. He then got out of the vehicle and the second assaulted her as they fled. They left the area in a vehicle. 

Personal property was stolen from the victim’s vehicle.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of injuries described as minor.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident and who has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact Detective D. Moreau at 703-771-4500 or atdmoreau@leesburgva.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-8477. Information may also be sent using TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 (CRIMES) and begin your message with LPDTIP.

Residents are reminded to always lock their vehicles, take their keys and valuables, and hide their belongings that remain inside vehicles.

5 thoughts on “Woman Confronts Thieves, Assaulted at Ida Lee Recreation Center

  • 2020-08-04 at 11:52 am

    Remember this event as the Loudoun County BoS begins to hold hearings on declaring “gun free zones” at parks, rec centers, government buildings and other “public” spaces. We, the taxpaying citizens of Loudoun, own these public spaces and the BoS has no right to tell us that we cannot defend ourselves on those locations. Contact the BoS and demand they affirm citizen’s rights to self-defense everywhere in the county.

    Katherine Nixon died in a Virginia Beach city office due to laws like this and this woman in the park might well have suffered a similar fate. The next person assaulted might well be you or a loved one. Don’t allow the board to trample our rights.

    You have to be a special kind of ideologue to believe that “gun control laws” reduce violent crime.

    • 2020-08-05 at 2:32 pm

      You hijacked this comment thread to promote carrying guns. Fine. Last time I checked you are free to do that if you have a permit. If the laws change you’ll just have to deal with it.

      A parking lot full of untrained people, all armed and looking to exercise lethal self-defense seems like a recipe for far worse outcomes that what happened at Ida Lee.

      • 2020-08-17 at 11:12 am

        All Virginians are free to open carry now. A permit is only required for concealed carry.

        Very likely, you are in the presence of one or more responsibly-armed citizens every time you leave home. Those people are not “untrained” and they aren’t people looking for a shootout. In fact, training focuses on deescalation and retreat to avoid an altercation.

        The outcome of the encounter in Ida Lee wasn’t too bad for you but it was not good for the woman who was assaulted.

        If you wish to be assaulted and beaten or worse that is your right. I, and hundreds of thousands of Virginians, choose to defend ourselves which is our right. We don’t somehow lose those rights because we entered “public property” which is owned by the taxpaying residents of Virginia.

  • 2020-08-04 at 5:04 pm

    It doesn’t matter their age, skin color, or immigration status – I hope and trust that if/when apprehended they are afforded the same mercy they showed their victim. And I hope they are as terrorized in their confinement as this victim was likely in hers.

  • 2020-08-04 at 5:56 pm

    I am not so sure everyone wants to return to the old “WIld West” when everyone was packing heat and dealt with the outlaws themselves. Better security in public spaces would be a better idea. I mean we already give guns away in this nation like candy. What was a physical assault could easily turn into a murder when a firearm is introduce into the equation by anyone.

    Funny, how other first world major nations such as Australia rarely have these problems since they reacted to remove guns from the equation following their own mass murders decades ago. The US is unique among first world nations in our penchant for guns and violence. We have guns literally everywhere, more than than the entire population, almost half of the entire civilian total on planet earth. We also have the highest rate of gun violence in the industrialized world. Our peers are nations like Venezuela, Brazil, Belize, and Honduras. Heck, we have more gun violence here than in Afghanistan! We must be proud. We should aspire to be more like the UK, Japan, Iceland, Romania, and yes, even Indonesia…they all have a mere fraction of our gun violence. What do they know we don’t?

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