Fairfax Co. Police canvass for possible suspect behind attempted abduction of 8-year-old girl

FAIRFAX CO., Va. - Approximately twenty police officers went back to the neighborhood where a possible attempted abduction happened a week ago.

Fairfax County Police say they canvassed in order to gather more information and pass out flyers that shows a sketch and description of the man.

According to police, back on January 24th, around 5:15 p.m., an 8-year-old girl got off her school bus near the intersection of Frye Road and Madge Lane in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.

While walking home, police say she was approached by an unknown man.  The man tried to talk with the girl but she refused.

Police say the man then grabbed the girl’s arm, but she was able to break free and run away. The man began to chase the girl for a short distance before he stopped.

Officers say she was able to provide an excellent description.

"There are some other witnesses that suspect that they’ve seen him before, but that’s why we’re out here, just trying to confirm that and see if there’s anybody who might’ve seen him in the past out here," said Officer Kent Bailey with the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police say the man was described as black, between 40 and 50 years old, 5’6” to 5’7”, with a medium build.  He had short hair with a short beard, a mole on his right ear, and a tattoo on his inner right forearm.  He was wearing a black zip-up jacket with gray pockets, a black baseball hat with gray writing, black pants, black shoes, and a black or gray backpack.

They plan to continue to canvass the area, review video surveillance in the area, and speak with any witnesses.

Police say those in the area can expect to see extra patrol officers while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Hengemuhle at 703-246-3086 or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131