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LCSO Offers Safety Tips After Recent Exposure Cases on W & OD Trail in Ashburn Area | Crime

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LCSO Offers Safety Tips After Recent Exposure Cases on W & OD Trail in Ashburn Area

From The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office:

Loudoun County, VA: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering several safety tips for path and trail users after two recent cases of a subject exposing himself along the Washington and Old Dominion trail in the Ashburn, VA area.  

On Tuesday, November 2nd around 4 p.m. a female was walking on the W & OD trail in the area of Smith Switch Road when an unknown male exposed himself. The suspect in this case was described as being a male of Middle Eastern or Hispanic decent, 5’ 9” - 6’ tall, and weighing 185 to 195 pounds. He was wearing a black beanie hat, a tan North Face pullover, and blue jeans. A second incident occurred on Saturday, November 6th on the W & OD trail in the area of Claiborne Parkway. The victim reported seeing an unknown light skinned Black male expose himself. The suspect was further described as weighing approximately 180 to 200 pounds and was wearing a black workout shirt with a spider web design on the front and black sweatpants. 

In light of these incidents the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to take the following steps to protect themselves when using paths and trails:  

•Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings (Don’t wear earphones).   

•Walk, run or bike with a partner or group. 

•Let someone know when you are on the trail, your route and when you expect to return. 

•Walk, run or bike when the path or trail is likely to have a higher volume of foot traffic. 

•Avoid using paths or trails when it is dark outside (Please note the W & OD trail is closed after dark for safety. Anyone on the trail after dark is considered to be trespassing).   

•Carry a cell phone.  

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office also encourages residents to contact them immediately if you see something or someone suspicious. If you have any information regarding these recent exposure cases, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.