Alleged attack in Arlington prompts police warnings to use caution

(WJLA) - Those who live and work around the courthouse area couldn’t believe what allegedly happened here early Saturday morning – just steps away from the Arlington County Police Department.

Police say 27-year-old Ryan Dean now faces several charges, including sexual battery after he reportedly forced a 31-year-old woman in to the bushes here at the corner of North Veitch and Wilson Boulevard before sexually assaulting her.

"This is 3:30 a.m.," says Dustin Sternbeck, spokesperson for Arlington County Police. "There's not a lot of people walking the streets. The victim is lucky these four individuals were out on the street."

Police say four men happened to be in the area, and heard the woman’s cries for help. Immediately, they jumped in to pull the suspect off of her.

In light of what happened, police are now warning others to use caution and avoid traveling alone – especially at night.