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Attempted Abduction

Fairfax County police are asking the public's assistance in identifying a suspect believed to be responsible for a series of sexual assaults occurring in the Washington Metropolitan area. A new composite sketch of the suspect, developed after the most recent attack, has been released.

An attempted abduction occurred in the area of Crown Royal Drive and High Meadow Road in the Franconia area at about 11 p.m. Friday, April 19. A 14-year-old Alexandria area girl was walking home from the roller skating rink, located at 5508 Franconia Road, when a man tried to get her attention from across the street. The girl ignored the man and continued walking. The man then started to follow the girl in his vehicle and again tried to get her attention. The girl continued to ignore the man and turned down Crown Royal Drive. A few minutes later, the girl heard someone running behind her and before she could turn around, she was grabbed from behind. The suspect then dragged the girl down an embankment and into a wooded area and the girl was able to kick the suspect until he let her go. The victim ran away and the suspect was last seen running toward High Meadow Drive. The victim was not seriously injured. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Impersonating a Police Officer

<bt>Fairfax County Police arrested Albert Raynard Brown, 37, of 1602 Renate Drive, in Occoquan and charged him with impersonating a police officer after an incident that occurred in the Fairfax area about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4. According to police, Brown approached a 34-year-old woman working at the Farmer's Market, located in the parking lot next to 4100 Chain Bridge Road. He allegedly engaged the woman in conversation and attempted to gain her trust by producing a badge and telling her he used to be a police officer. The woman, based on his actions, took the information he provided and notified police. Officer Gregory Thomas of the Fair Oaks District Station conducted an investigation and discovered Brown had never been a police officer. Brown was arrested and released on a summons. Anyone experiencing similar incidents is asked to immediately call police at 703-691-2131.

Police are investigating another impersonation incident that occurred in the 9800 block of Alwaes Drive in the Fairfax area about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9. A 26-year-old Fairfax area woman was returning home and walking to her townhouse when she saw a man walking behind her. When the woman reached the door, the man was standing right behind her. The woman began screaming, at which time the man pulled a silver badge from his pocket and said he was a police officer. The woman continued screaming and the man ran away. Once the woman got inside, she looked out the window and saw the man drive away in a small car. The woman was not injured. The suspect was described as having a dark complexion, in his late 20's, five-feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds and clean shaven. He was wearing dark blue pants which were tucked into hightop black boots, a black belt, a dark blue shirt and a dark blue baseball-style cap. The badge he showed the woman was described as larger and rounder than the Fairfax County Police badge.

<sh>Robbery Reported

<bt>Fairfax County Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the CVS store located at 6436 Springfield Plaza in the Springfield area about 3:12 p.m. Sunday. According to police, a man jumped over the counter, where the cashier stood, and assaulted her. He then took money from the cash drawer and left the store. He ran to a waiting car that was parked in the fire lane. The Lorton area woman employed by CVS was not seriously injured. The car involved in the incident was described as a green-colored, Chevrolet Malibu, four-door. The last four numbers to the Virginia state license plate is 5437. The men involved in the robbery were both described as black, unshaven, with black hair and brown eyes and they both wore black tee shirts. The suspect that was inside the store was further described as wearing black pants and black sneakers. He stood five feet nine inches tall and weighed 130 pounds. Anyone with information about this incident, the suspects or the car involved is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<sh>Community Events

<bt>Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Del. Tom Bolvin's Town Meeting, Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy.

Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Springfield Chorale, Dessert Concert, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Backlick Road

Wednesday, May 29, "French Wines for Easy Entertaining" 7 p.m. Wine and food tasting taught by Walter Martley of Vinifrance Imports, Inc . Free, pre-registration is requested. Whole Foods Market, 8402 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, 703-644-2500.

Wednesday, May 29, "The Naturalist Corner" 11 a.m. This class for children ages 3-5 is taught by Hidden Pond Nature Center. This month's topic is "Water". Free, pre-registration is requested. Whole Foods Market, 8402 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, 703-644-2500.