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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.

Police say the second incident happened on Friday at 8:45 p.m. in the 300 block of S. Harrison Street. A female was running on the Washington and Old Dominion trail when police say an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and threw her to the ground. The man fled after the victim screamed.

In this incident, the suspect is described as a 5-foot 6-inch tall Hispanic male in his 20's weighing 140 pounds. They were wearing long gray shorts, a belt and no shirt at the time of the incident.

On Friday, Arlington County police released a sketch of a suspect from an attempted rape on July 25. That suspect was described as a white Hispanic male between 5-feet 6-inches and 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing between 150 to 175 pounds.


While the suspect descriptions for the three incidents are similar, police would not say whether they were all carried out by the same person. They also said the three assaults have some glaring differences.

"All three occurred on weekends. However they occurred in very distinct parts of the county, in almost that they divided the county into a third and each one of them was in a different third," Arlington County Police Deputy Chief Daniel Murray said.

"One is on a bike path, one is in a residential apartment area and one is right near the courthouse."

Also, the incident on the bike trail happened during the day while the other two were at night.

"It would be foolish for us to say that they're not connected, but prudence requires us that we continue to look at them individually," Murray said.

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