ARLINGTON, Va. - Arlington County police are investigating another attack targeting a woman.
Police say a man attempted to abduct a 23-year-old woman in the 1200 block of North Quincy Street directly across from Washington-Lee High School. It happened at around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday.
The latest victim's screams brought neighbors running from their homes.
“We were watching TV and we heard a terrible shriek of a scream and it's something I'll probably never forget,” said Ali Sorbi.
Neighbors rushed outside to help, but said the victim made enough noise that she had scared off the man on her own.
“She was on the bus and she thinks he followed her off the bus,” said Sorbi. “She had her headphones on and when she hit this dark patch here -- the light is burned out and high bushes -- he came up from behind, put her in a chokehold and that’s when she fell to the ground and fought him off.”
The woman was not seriously hurt, but the case is similar to five others that have happened in Arlington County in July and August.
Police put out composite suspect sketches in two of the previous attacks. They are not sure whether the cases are linked and this latest one has some variations.
“We're very concerned,” said Arlington County Police Deputy Chief Dan Murray. “If we had one victim, that’s one victim too many and this has been one of the highest priorities for our special victims unit to investigate all these cases as well as the patrol section as well as some of our undercover officers.”
Authorities are asking women to be extra vigilant and to stay aware of their surroundings -- particularly after dark.
All of the attacks have happened between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. and the suspect descriptions of a Hispanic man have all been relatively similar.
Police say in this latest attack, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s-30s, approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall and weighing between 130 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants, loafer shoes and a backpack at the time of the incident.