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Attempted rape reported Tuesday on Silver Line, Metro says

An attacker tried to rape a woman Tuesday on a Metro train in Northern Virginia, the transit system said.

The attack occurred about 11:35 a.m. on a Silver Line train between the McLean and East Falls Church stations, Metro said.

The attacker assaulted the woman, tried to take off her clothes and exposed himself, Metro said. The woman escaped at East Falls Church. Metro said investigators thought the woman’s young child was the only other person in the car when the attack occurred.

The assailant boarded at Wiehle-Reston East and left the transit system at Foggy Bottom, Metro said.