Fairfax student assault: Surveillance video, photos of suspect released

(Photo: Fairfax County Police)

Fairfax County Police have released surveillance video{ }showing a possible suspect in the area around the time a 16-year-old girl was assaulted on her way home from school on Monday.

Authorities released surveillance photos Wednesday of the same{ }suspect in connection with the assault, which police say took place on a wooded path at the end of Pickett Road at around 4 p.m. on March 19.

Police say the man approached and grabbed the female Woodson High School student from behind and that the girl was knocked down during a struggle. The victim ran to a nearby house for help, but the suspect fled into the woods and got away.

One person who was on the trail when the alleged assault occurred told ABC7 News that she had never heard anything like she did in her life.

"All of a sudden, I hear a blood-curdling, horrible scream that I've never heard before," the witness said.

According to the wife of the man who installed the home surveillance camera that spotted the suspect, they got it with hopes that they'd never need to use it.

"It's really great that this camera could help," Fairfax resident Gita Mamgain said.

Police say the assailant is described as between 20 to 40 years old, thin, around 170 pounds. He is believed to have been driving a white, four-door, early 2000's model Honda Accord.

School officials say they have been monitoring the path, which is used by students from several schools, since the attack.

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