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Posted on: April 14, 2019

LCSO Investigating Reported Sexual Assault at Rio Cantina Nightclub

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Loudoun County, VA- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred inside a Sterling nightclub and lounge early Sunday morning.

The adult female victim reported that around 1:30 a.m. Sunday an unknown male grabbed her and began kissing and groping her while they were along the stairs inside the Rio Cantina located in the 21800 block of Towncenter Plaza. On two separate occasions, the male pulled her into a private room inside the establishment. At one point, the male began sexually assaulting her inside the private room. The suspect left the room after it sounded like someone attempted to open the door.

After the incident, the victim notified her friends and the staff at the Rio Cantina as the establishment was closing. She then left the area with friends and later contacted the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect was described as a black male, 5’7” tall, with a stocky build (approximately 200 pounds), black wavy hair, brown eyes, and freckles around his eyes and nose. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a denim shirt with white dots, light-colored jeans, boots, and a gold or silver chain around his neck.

Anyone with any information regarding this case, or if you were in the area of the stairwell of the Rio Cantina around 1:30 a.m. on April 14, please contact Detective P. Roque of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at 703-777-1021. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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