DNA Evidence Links 3 Assaults

DNA Evidence Links 3 Assaults

First incident occurred in 1998.

DNA evidence recovered by police after an indecent-exposure incident in December has now been linked to two other sexual assaults on Fairfax County women. Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect in hopes that someone will recognize him.

* THE FIRST incident occurred Sept. 9, 1998. A 47-year-old woman was jogging on a bike path on the Fairfax County Parkway near Monument Drive in Fairfax, around 7:15 p.m., when she was grabbed from behind. Her assailant forced her into a nearby wooded area and sexually assaulted her before escaping along the bike path.

* The second attack was on Aug. 3, 2000, around 11 p.m. The victim was a 56-year-old woman who was asleep in her home in the 11900 block of Parkside Drive in Fairfax. She awoke to find a stranger had entered her bedroom. The man punched her, and she struggled with him before he fled.

* The most recent incident happened Dec. 6, 2004, around 10:45 p.m., in the 9900 block of White Water Drive in Burke. A 51-year-old woman looked through a glass door in her basement and saw a man exposing himself in her yard. She yelled to him, but he ran away into some nearby woods. He was described as white, 5 feet 8 inches and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

Police say evidence collected from the scene of the Burke incident recently matched up to evidence collected from the two previous cases. They describe the suspect as white, 25-30, 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, with a muscular build. He was clean-shaven and had short, black hair.

The composite sketch was created after the 1998 assault. Although it's more than six years old, it may still resemble the suspect. Anyone who recognizes the person in the sketch, or has any information about any of these attacks, is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.