NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk police are asking for help finding a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman twice Friday, in broad daylight, in a very busy part of the city.
Officer Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department said around 8:30 a.m., a woman near the intersection of Colley and Brambleton avenues was approached by a white man with a medium build, in his mid- to late-twenties. That’s next to the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, around the time when commuters would be heading to work.
The victim told police he sexually assaulted her before she was able to fight him off. Police say she ran and he followed. The second assault happened later, on Hampton Boulevard near 21st Street and a railroad underpass. Hudson said the woman screamed for help, and the suspect took off toward the 900 block of 21st Street.
“He again sexually assaulted her. She began yelling and defending herself, and he ran away from her,” Hudson said. And that’s when police believe someone may have heard or seen something that could help detectives catch the suspect.
The two locations are about a mile from each other in Ghent.
Gabriel Robinson, who lives in that area, was surprised when he heard what happened: “I bike here all the time. It’s very busy, and yeah, that’s pretty surprising. You’d think someone would have stopped. Sorry to hear about that.”
The suspect was described as being about 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with bushy, sandy brown or blond hair and a bushy beard. He was wearing a royal blue track suit with white stripes.
If you saw anything or have any information that could help investigators, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.