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Woman groped on Arlington trail is month's 6th assault

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A 27-year-old woman, who was with her three-year-old daughter, was groped and grabbed by a man Friday night on a trail in Arlington, Va., according to Arlington police.

This is the sixth report of sexual assaults in area parks in the past month.

The sexual assault happened around 8 p.m. when a woman entered the trail on Lubber Run Park from George Mason Drive, police said. The woman became uncomfortable about being on the trail while it was dark and headed back to G. Mason Drive. A man then appeared on the trail and touched her inappropriately, authorities added.

She screamed and the suspect ran away. Officers searched the area, however did not find anybody.

Group alleges church knew accused priest was in DC area

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A group of protestors stood outside the Arlington Diocese Monday to bring attention to sexual abuse allegations against a priest who taught in Maryland and Virginia.

According to a church memo obtained SNAP chapter of Washington D.C. and Virginia, Catholic Church officials knew that Rev. Manuel Gallo Espinoza was in Maryland years after he fled the country in the wake of sexual abuse allegations.

In 2003, Rev. Espinoza allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at a New Jersey church. According to SNAP, two church officials urged Rev. Espinoza to go back to his native Ecuador before he got in trouble.

Man dies at detention facility in Arlington County

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Officials say a 48-year-old man with a history of medical issues has died in a detention facility in Arlington County.

Officials say the man died early Saturday after being found unconscious in a medical unit cell of the Arlington County Detention Facility. Officials say the man, Anthony R. Gordon, was convicted last year of assault and battery and was sentenced to five years.    

The county said in a statement that Gordon's family was informed Saturday morning of his death.

An autopsy will be conducted Sunday. As is standard procedure, the death is being investigated by police.

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Man tasered in Arlington strong-arm carjacking arrest

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- One of the three men arrested Tuesday night in connection with a strong-arm carjacking in Arlington was tasered, Arlington County police said.

The carjacking happened on 12th Street S. in the area of Pentagon City mall. The men who stole the vehicle were spotted by police and then stopped, authorities said.

The suspects tried to flee but were eventually detained. One of the suspects resisted arrest and was then tasered.

Man wanted in robbery, assault of man in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a man in connection with a robbery and assault of a 22-year-old man in the Clarendon area of Arlington on August 1.

The assault happened between 2 and 3 a.m. in the area of the 1400 block of N. Fillmore Street, Arlington County police said.The victim was hit in the back of the head with an object and then lost consciousness. The man needed medical attention, according to authorities.

The suspect stolen the victim's cash, driver's license and military ID.

Police say at least one witness helped the victim after he was hit in the back of the head. The witness did not stay at the scene and believe the person can provide useful information on the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Man attacks, tries to drag woman into Arlington woods

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman was attacked by a man in Arlington who tried to drag her into the woods and then stole her cellphone Thursday night, police said.

The attempted abduction and robbery happened in the 800 block of S. Frederick Street around 10:30 p.m., Arlington police said. The man carrying a stick grabbed the woman's wrist and tried to drag her into the woods. The man then fled the area with the woman's cellphone when she screamed for help.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his twenties. He is about 5'5" tall and has slim build. His hair is short. He was last seen wearing black pants, and a black shirt at the time of the incident.

The attack is the fifth such similar attack in Arlington over the past few weeks. Police are investigating if the crimes are connected or if they are individual incidents. 

All clear given at Arlington Cemetery after suspicious package

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An all-clear has been given at Arlington National Cemetery after authorities investigated a suspicious package.

Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, U.S. Park police responded to a report of a suspicious package at the entrance of the cemetery. When officers examined the package they believed it would be best handled by bomb squad technicians.

Members of the Arlington Fire Department Bomb Squad responded and cleared the package, and all roadways were reopened at approximately 3 p.m.

U.S. Park police described the package as a pipe with wire sticking out of it. It was later determined to be electrical components from a lighting fixture.    

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