Arrest in Attempted Rape and Abduction

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating an attempted rape and abduction of a female victim near a bus stop near Richmond Highway and Ladson Lane.

At 1:50 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue for a sexual assault. An unknown suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to rape her near a bus stop near Richmond Highway and Ladson Lane. The victim was able to fight the suspect off and run away. The suspect ran toward Richmond Highway and was not located initially.

Detectives determined the suspect walked in the street past a pole mounted FCPD license plate reader. The close proximity which the suspect was walking in the road past the camera caused the camera to take a picture. As officers and detectives established the timeline of events a search was conducted for the images captured by the license plate reader. An image of the suspect was captured, and officers recognized the suspect as a 36-year-old Alexandria man.

Around 8:30 p.m., officers from the Mount Vernon District located and arrested the suspect without incident nearby. He was charged with attempted rape and abduction and is being held with no bond.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3