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Bunn Faces Two Life Terms

August 8, 2002

Some of the charges against the man accused of assaulting two Centreville women at gunpoint have now been dropped. But Edward Jackson Bunn, 29, of 5836 Waterdale Court in the Centreville section of Little Rocky Run, is still facing a possible two life terms in prison.

Monday afternoon, in Fairfax County General District Court, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges still against him. And Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kimberly Pace told Judge Lorraine Nordlund he'll plead guilty to them in Circuit Court.

The assaults happened in January and February and were committed by a short, blond man who reportedly covered his victims' eyes and mouth with duct tape, photographed them and forced one to engage in sexual activities against her will.

In search-warrants affidavits to seek evidence in Bunn's home and car, police sex-crimes detectives Daniel Bibeault and Shawn Perkins described the incidents.

The first was Jan. 3, around 12:30 a.m., in the 6000 block of Sunset Ridge Court. A 32-year-old woman heard her front door open but, when she asked who was there, no one answered. Instead, a masked man with a handgun ran upstairs and confronted her.

The mask concealed most of his face, but not the area around his eyes. The woman later described him as white, in his 20s, with a medium build, blond hair and blue eyes. He wore gloves and a black jacket with zippers. The woman said he had a silver handgun and black duffel bag and covered her eyes and mouth with gray duct tape.

"The victim was ordered to undress and lay on her bed, fondle herself, perform nude poses and pose with pieces of underwear given to her by the intruder," wrote Perkins. Police later discovered the phone line outside her house had been cut.

The second incident was Feb. 8, around 11:30 a.m., in the 6400 block of Selby Court, where a 26-year-old woman was attacked in her Crofton Commons home. She answered her doorbell and saw a man she later described as white, 18-25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches, blond, with a medium build. He wore Oakley sunglasses and carried a dark-colored bag.

When she left him to get something to write with, police say he opened the door and the woman saw him holding a handgun. The detective wrote that he ordered her to get undressed: "He bound the victim's hands and legs with gray duct tape and plastic flexible ties. He also covered her eyes and mouth with the ... tape. [He] took pictures of the victim with a camera 'sounding like a Polaroid.'"

She later underwent a hospital examination, and DNA not belonging to her was discovered. Believing the same man committed both offenses, police showed a sketch to residents near Compton and New Braddock roads. It resembled Bunn, who's 5 feet 7 inches, 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. And Bibeault wrote that Bunn's DNA reportedly matched samples taken from February's victim.

Police searches of Bunn's home and car yielded Polaroid cameras, film, photos, Oakley sunglasses, gray duct tape, cable ties, three black bags, a black mask, sexual devices and two pair of wire cutters.

On April 19, police charged him with two counts of burglary while armed, two counts of abduction with intent to defile, one count of inanimate-object sexual penetration and two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He's still facing the burglary and abduction charges and has a Sept. 17 court date.