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Weird crime in the neighborhood...
ARLINGTON, Va. The Arlington County Police Department's
Robbery/Homicide Unit is investigating the early morning assault of a woman in
the Lyon Village neighborhood of north Arlington. Detectives believe
the suspect may have committed several similar assaults over the past two

The most recent assault occurred today in the 2600 block of Lee Highway
at approximately 1:20 a.m. A woman who had recently arrived at her
apartment heard a knock at the door. When she opened the door, a man
lunged at her with a plastic bag. The woman was able to block the man's
attack and he fled on foot. After the woman called 911, numerous
police officers set up a perimeter and a short time later a man meeting the
general description of the suspect was stopped at a nearby location.
The man was interviewed during the morning hours by detectives and
subsequently released without being charged. Investigators in the case
characterized the man as a "person of interest".

There have been three other incidents along the Ballston-Rosslyn
corridor in Arlington between April 16 and May 28 in which women walking
alone at night have been attacked from behind by a man with a plastic bag.
In each case, the woman was able to fight off the suspect and he fled
on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 35 years old,
5'10" to 6' tall, with a medium build, light to medium complexion
and a clean shaven face.

Police strongly encourage women to avoid walking alone after dark, to
stay in well lit areas, and to be aware of their surroundings. After
the latest incident, they also advise that people be very careful when
deciding whether or not to answer a late-night knock at the door. Women
who find themselves alone and confronted by a suspicious person are
advised to draw attention to themselves by yelling or blowing a whistle
and to run away if possible.

Anyone with information about these cases, or about similar attacks
that may be related, is asked to contact Detective D.R. Cupka at (703)
228-4193. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call Crime
Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers offers a reward of up to
$1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Callers to Crime Solvers
do not have to give their names and do not need to testify in court.

Attacking with a plastic bag? Weird. Just weird. At least it's not something like the damned sniper again...

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Except that (IIRC what monsteralice told me), in the earlier cases the assailant was trying to put the bag over the woman's head, not garotte her with it...

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Well, the one guy being identified as a "person of interest" quite possibly means "we're going to have the vics look at his mugshot and keep an eye on him", so they might have someone.

I suppose that if he tries it on someone who is armed, has a taser, or knows martial arts enough to do a beat-down, he'll get apprehended too...

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