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Police Investigate Similar-Style Burglaries

Each incident involved the suspect in women's bedrooms.

City police are investigating a string of similar buglaries in the Quantrell Avenue and Armistead Street vicinity. Each event involved a man inside a woman's bedroom with a struggle ensuing. In one case, a 16-year-old youth was arrested.

In the latest incident, police said that on May 20 at approximately 2 a.m., a 23-year-old female living in the 5800 block of Quantrell Avenue, was awakened by a man in her bedroom. The suspect attempted to attack the victim, however the victim struggled with the suspect and screamed alerting two others who were asleep in different rooms of the apartment.

The victim’s friend and a relative gave chase and ran after the suspect who exited the apartment and fled on foot. Police were called to the scene along with a Fairfax County Police K-9 team and conducted an extensive search of the area.

They were unable to locate the suspect who was described as a heavy set male, with a dark complexion, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 220-230 pounds who was wearing a gray shirt and light colored pants. The victim received minor injuries as a result of her struggle with the suspect and was treated at the scene by a medic unit.

ACCORDING TO city police, there have been three other burglaries that had occurred in the month of April that are very similar to the most recent offense.

The first offense occurred on April 20, between 1:45 a.m. and 1:52 a.m. in the 400 block of North Armistead Street.

The second offense occurred on April 21, at 12:35 a.m. in the 5800 block of Quantrell Avenue and the third occurred on April 27, at 12:25 a.m. at the same high rise apartment building in the 5800 block of Quantrell Avenue.

On April 27, a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with attempted robbery for the offense which occurred at 5800 Quantrell Avenue. Detectives continue to investigate all of these cases.

Police said that the16-year-old juvenile, who had been charged in at least one of these burglaries, has been incarcerated at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Facility since his arrest.