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Police: Man tried to grab girl walking to school in Mt. Vernon

A man attempted to grab a 14-year-old girl as she walked to school Friday morning in Mount Vernon, but the teen was able to fight him off and escape, Fairfax County police said.

The incident occurred in a residential neighborhood near the intersection of Quisenberry Drive and King Hill Court around 7 a.m. on Oct. 28, police said.

The man offered the girl a ride to school, but she ignored him and kept walking, police said. He then grabbed her; she kicked him and fled, police said.

Authorities were not immediately notified about the incident, police said. Officers have contacted neighbors and canvassed the area. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male between 30 and 35 years old. He is around 5’10” tall and was wearing a dark, puffy coat at the time of the attack, police said. He was said to be standing near an older model, gray or black 4-door vehicle.

“Our detectives have not stated that this case is linked to any others,” said Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County police.

Last month, a 16-year-old girl reported a man tried to force her into his car as she was walking to school in Oakton.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at (866) 411-8477.


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