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Police Seek Evidence From Chantilly Man

Further details about a sexual crime perpetrated against a Chantilly woman have been revealed in a legal document filed June 30 in Fairfax County Circuit Court. They're contained in an affidavit for a search warrant sought by county police Det. Shawn Perkins to obtain possible evidence from the suspect's person.

Perkins is currently assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit, Major Crimes Division, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. In the affidavit, dated June 26, he related what the victim told him allegedly happened to her, the night before, in her Chantilly home.

The suspect — who police have charged with three felonies — is Eric Alfonso Hernandez (AKA Hugo Rene Lopez), 39, of 4004 Kimberly Glen Court in Chantilly. He and the victim, 32, knew each other from a prior relationship.

According to the affidavit, Hernandez arrived at the woman's home around 7:30 p.m. "They began to argue, and a struggle ensued," wrote Perkins. "The victim ended up on the floor in her living room. Hernandez began to kiss the victim against her will while [reportedly] holding a utility knife to [her] throat."

The detective wrote that the suspect then allegedly forced the woman to engage in oral sex with him, ordered her to remove her clothes and then allegedly raped her. Afterward, the man left her home. Wrote Perkins: "The victim reported that she scratched Hernandez on his chest and on his neck during the assault."

The woman then contacted a family member, told that person of the alleged incident and then that person called police. Perkins later took the woman to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she underwent a sexual-assault examination.

A few hours later, June 26 around 1 a.m., police arrested Hernandez — and, wrote Perkins, the arresting officer reportedly observed scratches on Hernandez' upper chest and neck. Police charged him with rape, forcible sodomy and abduction with the intent to defile.

He's being held without bond in the Adult Detention Center, pending an August court date. Rape and forcible sodomy are each punishable by a maximum of life in prison.

In his affidavit, Perkins requested legal permission to obtain a swab of material from inside the suspect's mouth for testing purposes. He also asked to be allowed to photograph "injuries [Hernandez] sustained during the [alleged] assault."

Perkins stated that he planned to compare the physical evidence recovered from Hernandez' person with that recovered from the victim after her hospital examination. In addition, wrote the detective, "The photographs of the injuries would further corroborate the victim's account of the assault." The search warrant was granted and executed on June 26.