Fairfax County Police are looking for the suspect who assaulted a 17-year-old girl in a highly unusual place, a public library in Falls Church.
It happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday as the staff was preparing to close the Thomas Jefferson Library for the day.
Investigators say the girl had been at the library for most of the day studying and noticed a guy staring at her. On her way out of the library, the girl told police the man followed her, so she ducked into the women's bathroom instead of going out in the parking lot alone.
"This person followed her into the bathroom and assaulted her," said Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for Fairfax County Police. "She kicked him and screamed and he fled."
Library employees heard the girl scream when the man touched and pushed her.
Anna Villagomez, who also had been studying at the library all day, says she sometimes worried about being in the parking lot at night, but never imagined something like that happening inside the library.
"Usually it's really safe, but there are sometimes people who you need to watch out for occasionally," Villagomez says.
Emily Palacios had just left the library minutes before the attack.
"I'm not going to go to the bathroom now, and I'll make sure I have my cell phone or something," says Palacios.
Police say library employees have seen the man there before, but never had any trouble from him. They are hoping someone who recognizes his description will give detectives a call.
"This person is 5'7" to 5'10", African American, has a shaved, bald head," says Caldwell.
At the time of the attack, the suspect was wearing a pale green, long-sleeved button-up shirt and khaki pants. He was also carrying a tan, soft leather briefcase.
If you think you know this man, you are urged to call Fairfax Police at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).
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