A Fairfax County man has been charged with breaking into apartments in the Aspen House apartment complex in Alexandria, while he lived there between 1992 and 1995, with the intent of committing rape, police said yesterday.
Ronald Suzukawa, 49, has been charged with two counts of burglary with intent to commit rape and one count of attempted rape, said Lt. John Crawford, a police spokesman. Police believe Suzukawa "may have committed up to 20 similar offenses" in the same high-rise, Crawford said.
"Most have gone unreported," said Crawford, who said police are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating possible victims.
Suzukawa, who is being held without bond at the Alexandria Detention Center, was a suspect when some of the offenses, which occurred between early 1992 and May 1995, were first reported, Crawford said. Only recently was new evidence developed, resulting in Suzukawa's arrest, Crawford said, declining to elaborate.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Fairfax Circuit Court, Suzukawa told Alexandria Police Detective Robert Hickman that he broke into an apartment at Aspen House on Jan. 15, 1993, and tried to rape a woman while she was asleep on a couch. She fought him off, and he fled the scene, according to the affidavit.
Suzukawa told the detective that he had committed at least 20 similar burglaries, the affidavit said.
In most cases, Suzukawa told Hickman, he left without the owners knowing he had been there, according to the affidavit. The affidavit said Suzukawa told police he would break into the apartments at 3201 Landover St. by forcing a piece of plastic into the door frame.
"Mr. Suzukawa said it was his intent that once he was inside these apartments to see if there was anyone there he could rape or molest," said the affidavit, filed by Fairfax Police Detective Mark Purcell.
In one case, the affidavit said, Suzukawa said he bound one of the victim's hands behind her back with gauze, which he had brought with him. Hickman was able to verify this by going through police records, the affidavit said.
During their search of Suzukawa's residence in the 5300 block of Cristfield Court in Fairfax, police seized computer equipment and diskettes, the warrant said.
The manager of the Aspen House was on vacation yesterday and could not be reached for comment, an employee of the management company said. She said the 17-story Aspen House has 350 units with apartments renting from $630 to $1,100 a month.
Staff writer Tom Jackman contributed to this report.