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8. Arlington police LT urges woman not to fight plastic bag attacker
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Would you tell your wife or daughter to give in to an attacker trying to put a plastic bag over her head? Apparently one Arlington police lieutenant considers this good advice.

Good grief, we couldn't make this up.

"He tries to throw a plastic bag over women's heads as they walk alone at night in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor -- he's done it at least three times -- but each time the women have fought him off . . .
Police don't necessarily advocate fighting back, however. 'We don't know what's going to trigger this guy,' [Arlington Police Lt. Brian] Berke said."

Thanks to EM Mike Stollenwerk for the link.

http://tinyurl.com/2qtap6

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Women Stalked by Man With Plastic Bag

By Daniela Deane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 31, 2007; Page B03

He tries to throw a plastic bag over women's heads as they walk alone at night in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor -- he's done it at least three times -- but each time the women have fought him off, Arlington County police said yesterday.

An earlier attack also may be the work of the same man, who approached a 32-year-old woman from behind and groped her, this time without the bag, police said. In each case, the suspect has fled.

Arlington police are encouraging women not to walk alone at night. If they must, police are urging them to stay in well-lighted areas and be aware of their surroundings. They are also encouraging any woman who is attacked to draw attention to herself.

"They should yell and scream or blow a whistle," Berke said. "They should not be on their cellphone or listening to their iPods, unaware of their surroundings in the wee hours of the morning."

The latest plastic bag attack occurred at 2:27 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of North Vernon Street, when a 25-year-old woman walking down the street heard someone running up behind her. She turned and saw a man reaching with a plastic bag toward her face, police said.
The woman screamed and pushed the man away, and he ran off.

"To say this has a sexual motivation is still just speculation," said Lt. Brian Berke, commander of the homicide/robbery unit of the Arlington police. "He's not communicating, and he's taking off."

The Tuesday attack came less than three weeks after another woman, 22, walking alone at 2:38 a.m. May 10 in the 4000 block of Washington Boulevard, experienced the same thing.

About a month earlier, April 16, in the 1400 block of North Nash Street, a 35-year-old woman was walking to her car about 11:30 p.m., when she was attacked from behind by a man who placed a plastic bag over her face and tried to pull her backward.

In the first attack, which occurred March 5 on North Key Boulevard, no plastic bag was involved. Police think it could be related, however, because of the victim's description of her attacker and the way he approached her. That incident happened at 9:45 p.m.

Police don't necessarily advocate fighting back, however. "We don't know what's going to trigger this guy," Berke said.

Berke said this is the first time in recent memory that Arlington police have dealt with a plastic-bag attacker, although there have been other such incidents across the country. "It's not like this person invented it," he said.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing dark clothing.
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Malum Prohibitum said:
From VCDL:

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8. Arlington police LT urges woman not to fight plastic bag attacker
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Would you tell your wife or daughter to give in to an attacker trying to put a plastic bag over her head? Apparently one Arlington police lieutenant considers this good advice.

Good grief, we couldn't make this up.

"He tries to throw a plastic bag over women's heads as they walk alone at night in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor -- he's done it at least three times -- but each time the women have fought him off . . .
Police don't necessarily advocate fighting back, however. 'We don't know what's going to trigger this guy,' [Arlington Police Lt. Brian] Berke said."

Thanks to EM Mike Stollenwerk for the link.

http://tinyurl.com/2qtap6

ARLINGTON
Women Stalked by Man With Plastic Bag

By Daniela Deane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 31, 2007; Page B03

He tries to throw a plastic bag over women's heads as they walk alone at night in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor -- he's done it at least three times -- but each time the women have fought him off, Arlington County police said yesterday.

An earlier attack also may be the work of the same man, who approached a 32-year-old woman from behind and groped her, this time without the bag, police said. In each case, the suspect has fled.

Arlington police are encouraging women not to walk alone at night. If they must, police are urging them to stay in well-lighted areas and be aware of their surroundings. They are also encouraging any woman who is attacked to draw attention to herself.

"They should yell and scream or blow a whistle," Berke said. "They should not be on their cellphone or listening to their iPods, unaware of their surroundings in the wee hours of the morning."

The latest plastic bag attack occurred at 2:27 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of North Vernon Street, when a 25-year-old woman walking down the street heard someone running up behind her. She turned and saw a man reaching with a plastic bag toward her face, police said.
The woman screamed and pushed the man away, and he ran off.

"To say this has a sexual motivation is still just speculation," said Lt. Brian Berke, commander of the homicide/robbery unit of the Arlington police. "He's not communicating, and he's taking off."

The Tuesday attack came less than three weeks after another woman, 22, walking alone at 2:38 a.m. May 10 in the 4000 block of Washington Boulevard, experienced the same thing.

About a month earlier, April 16, in the 1400 block of North Nash Street, a 35-year-old woman was walking to her car about 11:30 p.m., when she was attacked from behind by a man who placed a plastic bag over her face and tried to pull her backward.

In the first attack, which occurred March 5 on North Key Boulevard, no plastic bag was involved. Police think it could be related, however, because of the victim's description of her attacker and the way he approached her. That incident happened at 9:45 p.m.

Police don't necessarily advocate fighting back, however. "We don't know what's going to trigger this guy," Berke said.

Berke said this is the first time in recent memory that Arlington police have dealt with a plastic-bag attacker, although there have been other such incidents across the country. "It's not like this person invented it," he said.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing dark clothing.
Good grief! :?
My advice to the women would be to carry a gun so they can trade his bag for a BODY BAG. It may just be me but I heard the coroner can fit a DIRT BAG in a body bag.
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He may be raping, so Berke wants them to just give him what he wants? Maybe it is Berke!
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My question is.....

Malum Prohibitum said:
He may be raping, so Berke wants them to just give him what he wants? Maybe it is Berke!
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If a woman is under the threat of rape by a perp and the woman just gave what he wanted, wouldn't that be consensual sex at that point. I know that may be a stupid question cosidering the circumstance but it is a question none the less......
 

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I would suggest that a plastic bag placed forcibly over your head is clear intent to do serious bodily harm. An appropriate reaction by a well-armed lady could end this problem.
 

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That guy tried that with my wife, I'd almost feel sorry for him...not really.
Stupid fool would be bringing a plastic bag to a gunfight.
 

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"To say this has a sexual motivation is still just speculation," said Lt. Brian Berke, commander of the homicide/robbery unit of the Arlington police. "He's not communicating, and he's taking off."
Sexual motivation?!!
The guy is just a moth collector. These women are obviously wearing some sort of perfume that is attracting a rare & exotic species of moth & this guy just wants to catch one for his collection.

What kind of idiot is this Berke? Who cares if it's sexually motivated or not, he want to PUT A PLASTIC BAG OVER THEIR HEADS & DRAG EM INTO THE BUSHES???
Just like the with guy that clsoes those parks & had the idiot boss; I wonder what Burke would do if he was walking down the sidewalk & someone ran up behind him & wrapped his head in a kroger bag?...
 

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How are these poor women gonna the primary defensive measure of sticking a finger down their throats and puke on the guy if he puts a bag over head?

The Lt. needs to think this thru a little more....
 

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How are these poor women gonna the primary defensive measure of sticking a finger down their throats and puke on the guy if he puts a bag over head?
Well, why should they want to do that? You are talking about a defensive weapon against rape, and we know now that this is probably not the attacker's motivation. Didn't you read what the expert had to say?

"To say this has a sexual motivation is still just speculation," said Lt. Brian Berke, commander of the homicide/robbery unit of the Arlington police.
There. That settles it. He was probably just collecting for the Red Cross.

When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.
 
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