- The Washington Times - Friday, November 4, 2005

An 18-year-old high school student is being held without bail after a series of sexual assaults near the Dunn Loring Metrorail station.

Michael Scott Acosta of Merrifield is charged in the Sept. 21 attack of a woman who was grabbed on a footpath, then sexually assaulted behind a nearby elementary school.

Mr. Acosta was denied bail yesterday at a brief appearance in Fairfax County General District Court. He is being held at the Fairfax County jail.

Mr. Acosta, a senior at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, was arrested Thursday night at his apartment in Vienna, a Fairfax County police spokesman said.

He is charged with rape, abduction and two counts of sodomy, police said.

He is a suspect in three other attacks on Oct. 7 and Oct. 23, police spokes-man Officer Bud Walker said.

On Tuesday night, detectives were monitoring the vicinity of Manhattan Place, near where the attacks occurred, when they noticed Mr. Acosta, Officer Walker said.

“His behavior was suspicious enough to attract the detectives’ attention,” Officer Walker said. “Based on that, a detective approached him and struck up a conversation.”

Authorities learned Mr. Acosta’s identity but did not take him into custody that night, Officer Walker said. On Thursday, they obtained a search warrant after connecting him to evidence found at one of the scenes.

Officer Walker wouldn’t elaborate on the evidence linking Mr. Acosta to the crimes.

The first incident occurred Sept. 21 behind Stenwood Elementary School. A 22-year-old woman taking a shortcut off Citadel Place was grabbed and dragged into the woods behind the school, where she was attacked.

The victim escaped when the man was scared off by the noise of a passer-by.

Two attacks occurred Oct. 7, the first at about 9:40 p.m. along a footpath near Livingstone Lane.

Police were interviewing the 45-year-old victim at 10:53 p.m. when a 28-year-old woman called to report she had been raped. The woman also had taken a shortcut from the Metro station.

The Oct. 23 attack, the only one in which the victim was not leaving the Metro station, occurred in her home off Gallows Road and Park Tower Drive.

The 26-year-old woman told police the attacker entered the home through an open, second-story door from a deck.

Both of the Oct. 7 victims said the attacker was wearing a white T-shirt with logos of “Diver’s Club” and “Puerto Vallarta Mexico.”

In the Oct. 23 attack, he left behind a warm-up jacket and a hockey puck that had a “Wichita Falls Rustlers Hockey” logo.



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