A female clerk was knocked unconscious and sexually assaulted at a motel in Woodbridge, Va., late Wednesday night.
Over the last three weeks, there have been three incidents at (or near) motels in Woodbridge. An arrest has been made in one of the cases.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the EconoLodge on Gordon Blvd. in Woodbridge. It is a two-story motel with rooms with exterior doors and exterior stairwells.
A 33-year-old female clerk working in the office received a phone call purportedly from a guest who said he was locked out of his room.
"As she was walking to the room, she was walking up the stairwell, and she encountered an unknown man," explained Officer Jonathan Perok of the Prince William County Police Department. "The man displayed a knife and forced her to the room (to which she was called to let someone in). Once there, she was knocked unconscious ... and she ... awoke to him sexually assaulting her."
Although the motel has security cameras, police say because the assailant was wearing a mask, a quick survey of the video has not yielded identifying information which would help them establish a suspect description.
There have been other recent incidents at (or near) motels in Woodbridge. On November 17 at the Rodeway Inn on Route 1, on a plot of land behind the motel, a woman walking a dog around 8:20 a.m. told police she was grabbed on her shoulder by a man.
The 46-year-old woman pulled away and the man fled. She described her assailant as a long-haired Hispanic male (between 30 and 35 years old) with an unshaved and dirty face. On November 17, that suspect was wearing a lime-green jacket (with blue lining), and a red hooded sweatshirt.
One day later on November 18 at 9:20 in the morning at the EconoLodge, a 39-year-old housekeeper says an unknown man walked into the room she was cleaning, closed the door and grabbed her.
She resisted and the man fled. That time, the security cameras did grab suspect images, which quickly led to the arrest of 28-year-old Clarence Olowu of Occoquan. He remains in jail, and is therefore not a suspect in Wednesday night's attack at that same EconoLodge.
Detectives believe three different men are involved in the three motel-area assaults in Woodbridge. One is in custody, and the other two suspects remain at large.
Police in Prince William County are hoping a tipster comes forward with information. The Crime Solvers' phone number is 703-670-3700.