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Reported sexual assault in Mount Vernon under police investigation

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Fairfax County police are still on the lookout for a suspect after a woman reported being sexually assaulted at gunpoint last week near the Sacramento Center in Mount Vernon.

The woman was walking east towards Richmond Highway when she “was approached from behind” around 9:29 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 17) in the 8700 block of Sacramento Drive, the Fairfax County Police Department said on Friday (Aug. 19).

“The victim was pulled into the nearby bushes where she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint,” police said. “The victim was able to break free from the suspect, and he ran away in an unknown direction.”

According to police, the woman was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

A search for the unidentified suspect remains ongoing:

Patrol units, along with our canine and helicopter, saturated the area to locate the man responsible for this incident, but he was not found.

Yesterday, detectives canvassed the area to identify any witnesses and surveillance footage that may have captured the suspect before or after the attack. The suspect was described as an unknown race male, 5’8″ to 6′, and with an average build. At the time of the attack, he was wearing all black clothing with gloves and a black mask covering his head. He was armed with a handgun. Detectives are asking community members who reside in the area to review home surveillance in the evening hours of Aug. 17 for any suspicious people.

The FCPD says anyone who might have information about the incident can contact its detectives at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone (1-866-411-TIPS) and online.

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