Woman jogging in Loudoun Co attacked; suspect wanted

Neighbors in Loudoun County are shocked after two women joggers are assaulted on back-to-back days. Now investigators are trying to figure out if the same man is responsible.

LANSDOWNE, Va. (WUSA9) -- An investigation is underway after a man assaulted a woman running in Loudoun County, Va. Thursday morning.

The female jogger was assaulted in the Lansdowne area early Thursday morning, according to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Officials said the woman was running in the area of Riverside Parkway and Kipheart Drive around 5:45 a.m. when she was assaulted.

The suspect tackled the woman to the ground. She was able to fight off the man and run to a passerby who then drove her home, according to officials. She then contacted authorities.

The sheriff's office said the suspect is described as a black male. He was wearing a hoodie, possibly grey in color, with the hood up at the time of the incident. He was also wearing khaki pants. The suspect fled the area on foot towards the Lansdowne Town Center.

"We thought this was a very safe neighborhood, nothing like this has ever happened before," said neighbor Ahmad Rahmani.

An eerily similar attacked happened 24 hours earlier and five miles away.

On Wednesday, a 48-year-old Leesburg woman was jogging near Ida Lee Park on Battlefield Parkway when she was attacked twice.

First, a man driving a Nissan Versa ran her off the road.

A few minutes later, she sees the suspect car parked. A man with a hoodie pulled tight over his face runs up to her and grabs her backside.

"Our detectives assigned to the case will be reaching out to the (Sheriff's) deputies to see if the suspect is one in the same," said Lt. Jeff Dube with the Leesburg Police Department.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

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