- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Community groups in Fairfax County have joined police in warning residents about a rapist who has attacked four women in the past five weeks.

About 30 members of the Dunn Loring Gardens Civic Association met with Fairfax County and Metro police at Stenwood Elementary School on Oct. 20, after three women walking from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station in Vienna, Va., were raped.

One of the incidents occurred behind the school, on the night of Sept. 21, when a 22-year-old female was grabbed while taking a shortcut off Citadel Place.

The meeting was arranged by county Supervisor Linda Smyth of the Providence District, were the attacks have occurred.

Mrs. Smyth said yesterday that developers at the Gallows Road apartment complex have closed gates and are fixing outdoor lighting to improve safety.

Dunn Loring Woods Civic Association has scheduled a meeting for Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary school and has invited Fairfax County Police Officer Tom Black, a crime-prevention supervisor.

Mrs. Smyth also helped arranged a meeting for the Stenwood Parent Teachers Association and is expected to attend the meeting in November.

Bud Walker, a county police spokesman, said the agency has increased patrols and that the investigations continue.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency is working with county police and that riders are aware of the danger.

“They have been advised to avoid shortcuts,” she said.

The second and third attack occurred Oct. 7.

The first occurred 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 had also taken a shortcut from the Metro station.

The fourth victim was attacked early Sunday morning in a home off Gallows Road and Park Tower Drive. It was the only attack so far in which the victim was not leaving the Metro station. She told police the attacker entered the home from an open, second-story door leading to a deck.

The victims have given similar descriptions of the attacker: a black man in his 20s, from 5-feet 2-inches to 5-feet 6-inches tall, slender, clean shaven and with short hair.

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

The man also wore a white T-shirt during the attack Sunday, on a 26-year-old woman. He left behind a warm-up jacket and a hockey puck that had on it a “Wichita Falls Rustlers Hockey” logo.

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