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Rape, Abduction Cases Go to Grand Jury

The criminal case against a Centreville man accused of abducting and raping a 44-year-old woman is moving forward in the legal system. He is Basim Dauwd Jami (AKA David Lee Jackson), 43, of 14486 Four Chimney Drive in the Newgate community.

IN A JULY 13 affidavit for a search warrant to obtain forensic evidence from Jami's person, Fairfax County police Det. Joseph Norton presented details of the case against him. He stated that, on July 12, the woman told police she'd been raped and assaulted by an unknown man, somewhere west of Shirley Gate Road, earlier that morning.

She described her attacker and also gave police his license-plate number. According to the affidavit, the woman told police she was in the parking lot of the Fairfax Circle Office Park when the unknown man drove up and "asked if anyone knew where 'Gloria' was." So she got into his vehicle to help him find Gloria.

Then, wrote Norton, the man turned off the main road and drove onto a gravel road in a secluded area. "[The] victim got out of the vehicle, and the [man] started to make sexual advances toward her," he wrote. "The suspect indicated that he wanted to have sex with the victim."

Although the woman said no, wrote the detective, the man allegedly grabbed her as she tried to walk away. "He also hit her, pushed her down and dragged her along the gravel road," wrote Norton. "[She] struggled and fought back with the suspect. [She] stated she was afraid [he] was going to rape and kill her. The suspect then had sexual intercourse with [the] victim inside the back seat of the vehicle."

After the suspect — later reportedly identified as Jami — returned twice to the same parking lot where he'd picked up the woman, witnesses notified police and Jami was arrested. Police charged him with rape and abduction with intent to defile. Each offense carries a possible maximum punishment of life in prison. And on Aug. 29 in General District Court, Judge Thomas Gallahue certified both charges to the next grand jury for possible indictment.

Jami was also in trouble with the law on another front. A few months before his July arrest, county police had charged him with felony hit-and-run and DWI for an unrelated incident that had occurred April 29. He was arrested April 30 on this charge.

On July 27 in General District Court, before Judge Ian O'Flaherty, the hit-and-run felony charge was amended to hit-and-run, property damage — a misdemeanor — and sent to traffic court.