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Cops: Lifeguard Raped at Pool

24-year-old woman reports attack in Alexandria, Virginia
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2016 3:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Alexandria, Virginia, are looking for a man who raped a 24-year-old lifeguard on duty at a swimming pool, reports WUSA9. The 24-year-old woman told police that nobody was using the pool at a condominium complex when the man approached her with a gun about 2pm Saturday and assaulted her. She was able to call 911 after the attack when the assailant fled. He is described as a tall, thin white man in his 30s who was wearing a hoodie and baseball cap.

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“It’s a very unusual crime in Alexandria—a stranger sexual assault at a public place in the middle of the day,” a police spokeswoman tells the Washington Post. Police are checking into surveillance cameras and canvassing the neighborhood for suspects. "It's just horrific," a resident of the complex tells NBC Washington. "I've lived here since 1998 and there's nothing like that has ever happened." (Read more rape stories.)

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