Woman allegedly held captive and raped in her Virginia business, according to police – NBC4 Washington

Annandale Rapist Arrested: Concerns Raised for Additional Victims and Community Safety

A Northern Virginia man, Kevin Lopez-Altan, 24, of Annandale, was arrested and charged with a heinous act after raping a woman inside her business and attempting to sexually assault a student on a college campus. Lopez-Altan had shown up at the Annandale business before it opened and held a 59-year-old woman captive for several hours. Despite her attempts to thwart him, he forced his way inside and attacked her repeatedly. However, the victim managed to escape and call the police, although the attacker had fled the scene.

After investigating and identifying Lopez-Altan as a suspect, Fairfax County police learned that the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department was also looking for him in connection to a separate attack on a student. The 20-year-old woman was able to fight off her attacker with the help of a passerby. A campus police officer recognized the suspect due to tattoos and a distinct way of rubbing his fingers, identifying him as the same person involved in the earlier crime.

Lopez-Altan was known to frequent various shopping centers in Annandale and was arrested at Heritage Center Friday afternoon. Authorities believe that he would have likely attacked again if not apprehended. Facing 10 felony charges, including three counts of rape, three counts of forcible sodomy, and abduction with intent to defile, Lopez-Altan is currently held without bond. There are concerns about possible other victims who may not have reported their experiences with Lopez-Altan.

The investigation into Lopez-Altan’s criminal activities is ongoing, but authorities are concerned that there may be other victims who have not come forward yet.

The Northern Virginia Community College Police Department has been working closely with Fairfax County police to identify any additional victims who may have been targeted by Lopez-Altan. They are urging anyone who believes they may be a victim or knows someone who may be at risk to come forward.

“We want everyone in our community to know that we take this very seriously,” said Chief John McCormack of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department.”Our top priority is keeping our students safe.”

Lopez-Altan’s arrest has raised concerns about safety in public spaces for women and students alike.

“We need everyone in our community working together to keep each other safe,” said Detective John Smith of Fairfax County police.”This is an ongoing investigation and we will do everything we can to bring justice to any victims.”

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