Several reports of a man exposing himself and seizing women and girls along a Virginia hiking trail have led to an arrest, police say.
Juan Alfaro Rodriguez, 42, of Herndon was charged with three counts of indecent exposure, according to a Sept. 10 press release from the Fairfax County Police Department.
There was no mention of where the charges came from specifically, but Rodriguez was referred to as the “(Washington and Old Dominion) Trail suspect” in the release.
Police have been investigating reports of at least six incidents in which a man revealed himself or attempted to grab women or girls on or near the trail, The Washington Post reported. Investigators believe the cases are connected.
“Detectives continue to examine evidence to confirm Alfaro Rodriguez’s involvement in other cases,” the press release said.
In an incident on Aug. 26, a man walked up to a woman from behind and grabbed her around her waist without wearing pants, according to a previous police release.
When the woman broke from his grasp, he ran off the path, authorities say.
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Another woman was “attacked” that same day on the track, which is also used by motorcyclists, NBC News reported.
While most of the victims are adult women, some are girls under the age of 18, according to an Aug. 31 news conference held by the Fairfax County Police Department.
In another incident, a 14-year-old girl reported that a man tried to grab her while she was walking her dog on the evening of Aug. 30, according to NBC News. The girl escaped and came home.
Previous incidents occurred on Aug. 3, 15 and 18, Fairfax County Police said.
Authorities will hold a press conference on Sept. 12 to discuss how Rodriguez was caught, according to the release.
Rodriguez is in an adult detention center where he is being held without a band, police say.
The Washington & Old Dominion Trail covers approximately 45 miles and begins in Arlington County, about 5 miles outside of Washington, D.C.
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