Police Investigate Sexual Assault Near W&OD and Gallows Road

Officers say attack is serious, residents should take caution

Fairfax County Police are investigating a sexual assault early Friday morning on Gallows Road that left a local woman hospitalized with upper body injuries.

Around 1:10 a.m., two men struck a 50-year-old woman with a blunt object and sexually assaulted her behind a building on the 2400 block of Gallows Road, the neighborhood surrounding the road's intersection with the W&OD Trail. The men took cash from the woman before fleeing, according to a police statement released Friday morning.

It's not clear in which direction the suspects were headed.

"She was taken to a local hospital with injuries to her upper body," spokesperson Bud Walker said. "We're still trying to find out why she was in that area."

The woman is still hospitalized.

Walker said police are still developing suspect descriptions.

"We do feel this is a serious attack and we want people to take this seriously," he said.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Amelie Krikorian May 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I would guess that "take this seriously" means don't walk alone on the W&OD trail in that area at night. This is just the latest in attacks in the Dunn Loring/Merrifield area over the past several years. I remember a couple women were assaulted a few years ago in the Stenwood metro cut-through as well as in an apartment in that area in 2005 http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2005/oct/25/rapist-attacks-fourth-victim/, and in 2004 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/17/AR2005081701856.html members of MS 13 cut off a man's hands with a machete at the intersection of Gallows and 29. Although this area is close to Vienna it is definitely not as peaceful.
Rk May 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I remember those also, and the recent armed robbery on Cottage St. between Gallows Rd. and Marymount reported on Vienna Patch as well. I think there may b more to the story on the (1am) assault reported here.
Bev Ashley May 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Where is the update on the arrest of these two men?
Jack406 May 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I assume that the building she was behind when she was assaulted was the church near where the bike path meets Gallows Road?
Rk May 16, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Updated story on patch: vienna.patch.com/articles/arrests-made-in-sexual-assault-case#photo-9939528 Should have put link to this update in the original story


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