Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office looking for Sterling, Va. trail assault suspect

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STERLING, VA. -- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is asking for the public's help identifying a man suspected of assaulting a teenaged girl on Wednesday along a walking trail in Sterling, Va.

Sheriff Mike Chapman said it happened near Wrightwood Pl. around 4 p.m. as the victim walked home from Seneca Ridge Middle School.

"He approached her, he actually grabbed her and as he grabbed her she screamed and that actually scared him off. But that’s good. If you’re attacked, assaulted, the thing is o make noise. Let other people know," added Chapman.

A home security camera pointed at the trail captured the suspect running to and away from the scene of the attack. Investigators have also released a composite sketch of the suspect.

He is described as a "male, 25 to 30-years-old, approximately 5’5” tall with a thin build. He was wearing shorts with black tights underneath, a black jacket and a hat."

Anyone who may know the suspect is asked to contact LCSO Det. E. Wilk at 703-777-1021.

You can also submit tips via the LCSO app, which can be found in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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