UPDATE 4/24/17:

UPDATE 4/7/16:

Further investigation has revealed new footage of the suspect in the robbery and sexual assault incident that occurred Wednesday, March 30 in the 7000 block of Commerce Street.

Shortly after 6 a.m. a 40-year-old woman was walking alone behind the shopping center when an unknown male grabbed her and pulled her into a storage container where he robbed and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to get home and then call police.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are continuing the investigation and have canvassed the area extensively.

We are asking the community for their assistance in helping to identify the suspect.

Original Story:

From the FCPD FB page:

Distinct white or gray patch/mark on the suspect's car door.

Distinct white or gray patch/mark on the suspect’s car door.

Officers responded to the 7000 block of Commerce Street on Wednesday, March 30, shortly after 6 a.m. for the report of a robbery.

A 40-year-old woman was walking alone behind the shopping center when an unknown male grabbed her and pulled her into a storage container where he robbed and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to get home and then call police.

This case was initially received as a robbery report.

Further investigation revealed that a sexual assault had also occurred.

The suspect was described as:

  • Hispanic male
  • 5′ 6″ to 5′ 9″
  • 140 to 160 pounds

The suspect left the scene in an older model red car with a distinctive white or gray patch/mark on the driver’s door.

Older red vehicle (Surveillance Photo)

Older red vehicle (Surveillance Photo)

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Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are conducting the investigation.

The shopping center is home to the following stores:

  • Pizza Hut
  • Hot & Cold
  • Pollo Latino A La Brasa
  • Manila Oriental Market
  • Bangkok Noodle
  • Cricket Wireless
  • Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro
  • Vacuums Unlimited
  • J & S Bakery
  • La Latina Market
  • Kev’s Barber Shop

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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7000 Commerce Street Shopping Center in Springfield