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2014-11-19 / News Briefs

Composite image sparks new lead in county assault case Police urge caution as holiday season approaches

Michael Buettner


Unknown suspect Unknown suspect A Prince William County Crime Solvers alert has provided a new lead in a Chesterfield County attempted sexual assault that took place early this year.

In the local case, police said a woman was walking in the 13000 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in the early hours of New Year’s Day when she encountered two men walking in the opposite direction.

The suspects asked the woman to go partying with them. When she refused, they pushed her to the ground and began strangling her. A resident driving past saw what was happening and pulled over, and the suspects ran off.

The victim was watching television recently and saw a Crime Solvers spot from Prince William County highlighting a rape in that area. She immediately recognized the composite sketch and told police it appeared to be one of the same men who assaulted her.

The suspect was a black male with a light complexion, possibly of European descent, with short black hair. The victim said he spoke with a foreign accent.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can also submit a tip at crimesolvers.net or by texting WATSON plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). All three methods allow you to remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

Crash claims life of Brooks Chapel man

A county man died in a single-vehicle crash last week in the Brooks Chapel neighborhood off Chester Road in the Centralia area.

Police said a 2005 Chrysler four-door sedan was traveling on Hamlin Creek Parkway around 1:07 p.m. on Nov. 11 when it left the roadway and hit a tree. The driver, Ricky L. Glaspie, of the 3600 block of Ethens Point Lane in Brooks Chapel, was taken to Chippenham Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the investigation into the crash is continuing.

With retailers and residents already gearing up for the holiday season, the Virginia State Police is cautioning shoppers and revelers to stay alert and avoid being victimized by thieves. Here are some tips:

• Always lock your car and take your keys with you. Don’t leave your car unlocked and running even if you think you’re only going to be a few minutes.

• Don’t leave a spare key in the vehicle. Thieves know where to look.

• Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area, preferably in an attended lot.

• Don’t leave any packages or valuables in your car in plain view (including GPS devices and mounting systems). Always lock them in your trunk or cover them so they are not readily visible. Thieves know cars are loaded with packages this time of year and are on the lookout for them.

• Always approach your car with keys in hand and check the back seat of your car. If you see suspicious activity or someone loitering near your car, don’t approach it; if possible, notify police.

• Be wary of people who offer you the rightof way out of a parking space or indicate that it’s OK to proceed. Scammers will motion to you that it’s OK to pull out of a parking space, only to have an accomplice run into you with his or her vehicle, which may lead to your insurance company having to foot the bill for vehicle repair and possible bogus bodily injury claims.

• When driving, don’t follow too closely. You may be setting yourself up to be the victim of a staged crash if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly.

• If you are in a vehicle crash, be wary of individuals who don’t want to notify the police or get a police report. Also make note of the number, ages, sex and race of the occupants of the other vehicle along with the license plate number.

• Use your cellphone camera to document any damage to either vehicle, even if there doesn’t appear to be any.

• Be alert about people who approach your vehicle to ask for directions or change, or to hand out fliers.

• Carry a cellphone and know your emergency numbers: #77 for Virginia State Police and 911 for local police.

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