NOVA campus assault suspect sketch released

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and NOVA Police have released a composite sketch of a male suspect in connection with two different assaults near NOVA's Loudoun campus.

The suspect in the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office case is described as a White, possibly Hispanic, male in his 20’s. In the NOVA Police case, he is described as White or possibly Middle Eastern,. Both victims described the suspect as 5’6” to 5’7” tall with an athletic build and short black hair. He also reportedly speaks with a thick accent.

According to police, a female student reported that on Monday, October 21, between 7:30 and 8 p.m., a man approached her while she walked to a bus stop near campus. She said the man started talking to her and then tried to hug and kiss her.

Officials also say that a different woman reported a similar incident 30 minutes earlier, though the attack happened on a sidewalk near the north parking lot.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has learned of another witness who saw the possible suspect on campus the same date and time as the reported incidents. The suspect approached her, and she left the area because she believed him to be suspicious. Detectives are still investigating whether the cases are all related.

If you have any information, call Detective S. Tresselt of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475, or Sgt. K. Haynes, NOVA Police Department at 703-764-5000.