Police searching for suspect in attempted sexual assault of teen in Arlington

- Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault in Arlington.

Arlington County police say it happened at around 7:30 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of S. Frederick Street. However, it was not reported until 9 a.m.

“When we arrived on scene, we determined the suspect forced entry into apartment, brandished a knife and held the victim at his will,” said Arlington County police spokesperson Ashley Savage. “He attempted to sexually assault her and at some point during the incident, he either got spooked or for some reason decided to flee on foot.”

The victim sustained minor injuries in the attack and was taken to the hospital.

Police responded to the neighborhood searching on the ground and by air with their helicopter to try to find the suspect, but they were unable to locate him. Police blocked off a small park with yellow tape as they collected evidence nearby.

Now, officers are asking for the community's help.

“We’re also talking to any residents in the area who may have seen something,” said Savage. “If we haven’t spoken to you and you do have information for police, please contact us.”

The suspect is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old, around 5 feet 7 inches tall with short cropped hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt and black jeans at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Echenique of the Arlington County Police Department's Special Victim's Unit at 703-228-4241 or at jechenique@arlingtonva.us. Anonymous tips can be left with Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

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