- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2005

Fairfax County police said yesterday they are investigating two stabbings that occurred minutes apart Sunday night in Reston to determine whether the same people are responsible for both attacks.

“It could be [related],” said Officer Richard Henry, a Fairfax County police spokesman. “At this point, the descriptions [of the suspects] are too general to know. But it’s highly unusual that two groups would be stabbed within a 15-minute time period on the same path.”

Officer Henry said police had not determined whether the incidents were related to gangs, but investigators are considering that theory.

“I can’t say either way,” he said. “It’s still under investigation whether it’s gang-related.”

The first incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when, police said, an 18-year-old man was walking on a footpath behind the Hunters Woods Shopping Center in Reston.

Police said two male Hispanic teens approached the man and asked him for a cigarette. When the victim said he didn’t have any, one of the attackers stabbed him in the upper body.

Police said the victim was able to walk to a friend’s house, and later was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

Within about 15 minutes, a 15-year-old was stabbed on the same pathway. Police said three teenagers were walking on the path near Southgate Square when five Hispanic men approached them near a footbridge.

Two of the teens — a boy and a girl — ran away, but one of the attackers stabbed the other teen in the upper body, police said. The victim also was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.

Police ask that anyone with information call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 866/411-TIPS.

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