ARLINGTON, VA — The Special Victims Unit of the Arlington County Police is asking the public’s help in identifying a man they say tried to abduct and sexually assault a woman Tuesday morning in a Ballston-area restroom, according to a police report.

Officers were dispatched around 10:32 a.m., to a business in the 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard, for the report of an assault. They learned from the victim that she had been cleaning a bathroom inside the business around 9:47 a.m. when a man approached her and asked to use the facilities.

As the victim tried to move away from the stall, the man blocked her path, began pushing her inside, and slapped her buttocks. The victim resisted and called for help, which caused the suspect to back off and flee the area on foot.

Around 10:13 a.m., the victim was at a nearby closet when she heard noise coming from the area of the bathroom. Going to investigate, she discovered the man inside the bathroom once more. He tried to block the victim’s path, pushed her back toward the closet, and slapped her buttocks again. After pushing her further into the closet, he grabbed her neck, and tried to close the door. The victim resisted and called for help, causing the suspect to leave the scene.

The officers searched the area but failed to locate the suspect.

Arlington County Police released surveillance photos of a man they say sexually assaulted a women in a Ballston-area bathroom. (ACPD)

Police described the suspect as a Black man in his 20s, standing 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 tall, and weighing 170-190 pounds. He had a full beard and was wearing a white hat, blue jeans, gray winter coat, and white sneakers.

ACPD ask anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this active criminal investigation to contact Detective H. Molina of ACPD’s Special Victims Unit at [email protected] or 703-228-4208. Information may also be submitted via the Arlington County Police Tip Line at [email protected] and anonymous information may be submitted through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477)

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