For many in the DC and Northern Virginia area the W&OD Trail is a place where one can run and bike for long distances without the worry of traffic. It is scenic and beautiful. Just this past Tuesday night a woman was abducted and assaulted on an area of the trail in Reston. The following is the police report that was released. It is important to be aware of your surroundings when out training. Be aware and be safe!
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
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News Release: 13/029/0259/drg(5)
January 30, 2013
Abduction/Assault on W and OD Trail in Reston
Reston Police District – A 31-year-old woman reported to police that she was attacked while walking along the W and OD Trail on Tuesday, January 29 around 7 p.m. She entered the trail off of Reston Avenue and was near the overpass for Herndon Parkway when she noticed a man following her. Near Sunset Hills Road, the woman was dragged off of the path, into a wooded area. The victim struggled with her attacker and he eventually fled north onto a gravel horse trail. The victim did not require medical attention.
The suspect was described as heavy set, about 25 years old. He was clean shaven and he had short, black hair. He was wearing glasses, a dark jacket and dark jeans.
Police urge anyone planning to walk along more secluded trails, away from common view, to consider walking with a friend. Do not wear ear buds or earphones, be aware of your surroundings, and tell someone where you are going before you leave.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.