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Three sexual assaults under investigation in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two recent sexual assaults in Arlington have a similar suspect description to an attempted rape on July 25, police said.

According to police, the first incident happened on Saturday at 11:26 p.m. in the 4300 block of N. Pershing Drive. Police say a 25-year-old female victim was grabbed from behind and pushed to the ground while walking home. The suspect then touched her inappropriately until she bit one of his hands and fled.

The suspect in this incident is described as a Hispanic male between 5-feet and 5-feet 3-inches tall with black hair and a mustache. They were reportedly wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans at the time of the incident.

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Police: Uber driver wanted for Arlington sexual assault


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Uber driver is wanted for sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger in Arlington, according to Arlington County police.

On Sunday between 2:45 a.m. and 4:03 a.m., police say the woman entered an Uber cab that was not her intended ride. Despite not being the ride established by the app, the driver agreed to provide the woman a ride, according to police.

When the woman was unable to pay for the ride, police say the driver sexually assaulted her near the 900 block of South Randolph Street. The woman was able to flee to a nearby friend's house.

Wounded Marine finishes ride across America


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A wounded Marine is getting some much-needed rest after a 63-day journey across America.

Toran Gaal set out from San Diego on a hand bike back in June and crossed the finish line at the Iwo Jima memorial Sunday morning.

Four years ago Gaal lost both of his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. He awoke two months later and began a very long journey and finished it with cheers and hugs from those who fought beside him in Afghanistan and back home.

"There's no words that you could even put in place to explain how proud anyone could be of Gaal right now," Rian Martinez, who served alongside Gaal in Afghanistan.

Police: Man wanted for trying to rape woman in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police released a sketch of a man who tried to rape a 25-year-old woman after pulling her into the bushes in Arlington on July 25.

The abduction happened around 1:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of 15th Street N., Arlington County police said. The suspect forced the victim into the bushes and grabbed at the victim's pant's police said. She was then able to fight him off. The suspect then fled the area on foot, according to authorities.

The woman flagged down a driver who then called 911.

The suspect is described as a white Hispanic man between 5'6" and 5'8" tall and weighing between 150 and175 pounds with an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, according to authorities.

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2 men carrying guns in bags stopped at DCA Airport


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Transportation Security Administration officers stopped two men from bringing guns onto airplanes at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this weekend, officials said.

According to TSA officials, an Alexandria man was stopped at checkpoint with a loaded gun Wednesday and a Frederick man was found with an unloaded handgun early Thursday morning. Both men have been cited on weapons charges.

TSA officers found a .45 caliber gun, loaded with six rounds, including one in the chamber in the carry on bag of the Alexandria man. The man was passing through the airport checkpoint when the gun was found, according to officials. A TSA officer spotted the gun while the bag was going through the X-ray machine.

Feds launch investigation of jail's care of deaf inmates


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Court documents show that the Department of Justice has launched an investigation of how the Arlington County jail cares for deaf inmates.

The investigation follows a federal lawsuit by an inmate who says his requests for a sign-language interpreter were ignored during a six-week stay.

The inmate, Abreham Zemedagegehu, alleged that medical procedures were performed without his consent and that his jailers failed to communicate basic details to him.

Susie Doyel, a spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office, said the DOJ investigation is the result of a specific complaint Zemedagegehu submitted to the Justice Department. The jail has defended its treatment of deaf inmates.

Deer crashes stage at Arlington Co. theater


SHIRLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A deer with a flair for the dramatic crashed the stage Tuesday at the Signature Theatre as the crew was preparing to open a new show.

"He was young and he was frightened," said Mick Coughlin who was in a production meeting at 9:30 a.m. when the deer bolted through an open loading dock door.

The young buck with velvety antlers made its way down a long hallway, past dressing rooms onto the stage of the theater where set construction for an upcoming show "The Fix" was underway.

The Signature tweeted a fuzzy photo of the deer.

As crew members scattered and shut doors to confine the deer, Coughlin worked to shoo the animal back down the hallway where it exited a backstage door that had been propped open.