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Two women robbed in Sterling; one sexually assaulted

A 52-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and a 62-year-old woman was hit in the head in a series of robberies this weekend similar to those that plagued Sterling this winter.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Reston Hospital on Saturday for reports of an Ashburn woman who was assaulted on the 2100 block of Stanford Square.

The 52-year-old woman told deputies that she was on her way to a friend's house at about 5 a.m. when an unknown man knocked on her car window. The man opened her car door, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

He then ordered the woman out of her car and told her to take off her pants. At one point during the robbery, police said, the suspect sexually assaulted the woman. He fled when he heard the victim’s friend coming to meet her.

The woman described her attacker as a black man, approximately 6 feet tall and in his late 20s. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood up to help hide his face.

A second robbery occurred just 30 minutes later in the 1200 block of East Severn Way, which is less than 2 miles from Stanford Square.

A 62-year-old woman was found injured in the area after she was approached by an unknown man who attempted to grab her purse.

After a brief struggle, the man hit the woman with a handgun, causing minor injuries. The man fled the area with the woman's purse and its contents.

The robber in that case was described as 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. He had the hood pulled up over his head to conceal his face.

Police are investigated whether the two incidents are related.

Both robberies are similar to a series of cases that occurred in December and February in the Sterling area, including two in Stanford Square.

The first robbery took place Dec. 29 at the 46500 block of Lynnhaven Square in Sterling, near Potomac Falls High School. A man approached a woman, demanded she drop what she was carrying and take off some clothes. The victim ran into her home, leaving behind her belongings. The suspect took her purse.

Shortly after, a man approached a woman unloading groceries on the 10200 block of Mckean Court in Lowes Island. The woman screamed when the man pointed a gun at her, and the suspect quickly fled the area.

A month later, on Feb. 9, a woman was near her apartment when a man approached her and demanded her wallet. Five days later, on Valentine's Day, another woman was confronted by a man with a gun who demanded money. In the second Stanford Square incident, the suspect also request the victim remove her jacket.

According to an LCSO spokesperson, detectives are investigating whether the old cases are linked to the two new cases.

In nearly every case, the man has been described as a black man with a medium complexion around 5'8” to 5'10” tall in his mid-to late-twenties (in one of the robberies today, he was described as being around 6' tall). In the two latest robberies, the suspect was described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Deputies are asking anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of this suspect to contact Detective W. Promisel of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous they're asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Loudoun Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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