Man accused of posing as maintenance worker in Arlington sex assault arrested, police say

- Arlington County police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a woman nearly one year ago inside her Arlington apartment after allegedly posing as a maintenance worker to get inside.

Officials say 25-year-old Richard Allen Lowe, of Washington D.C., was charged for his involvement in the May 7, 2017 sexual assault at the Atrium Condominium in the 1500 block of Key Boulevard in Arlington.

Lowe is facing charges of abduction with intent to defile and malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.

Police say Lowe was arrested in D.C. on Feb. 22 and they tracked him down through a call he made while in the building.

“This case really came down to dedicated detective work,” said Arlington County police spokesperson Ashley Savage.

It was surveillance footage of the suspect that ultimately led police to him.

“We looked at our crime scene evidence. We realized the suspect was using his cellphone," Savage said. "They were able to use some records to help identify the individual as being a possible suspect and eventually obtain DNA evidence which linked him to this case.”

Police say the suspect followed a resident from behind to get into the secured condominium building. Once he was inside, he then knocked on doors claiming he was a maintenance worker. When the victim opened her door, he allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the area.

In an effort to find the suspect, police released surveillance video of the suspect in an elevator along with another video of him fleeing the area

Arlington County police also released video of the suspect at another residential building in the area on Key Boulevard. In that video, he can be seen following a resident into the lobby of that building before a concierge stopped him from gaining further access inside.

A resident said there has been a lot of support for victim after this and she has recovered from her physical injuries.

Police are not ruling out the possibility that there are other victims and they want to hear from anyone that may have additional information.

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