A Virginia man accused of at least 22 crimes – including sexual battery and attempted rape – is an illegal immigrant who has been deported three times, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Since July 15, a sexual predator has terrorized females on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Juan Rodriguez Alfaro, 42, is believed to be the suspect in nearly a dozen attacks on women and girls on the popular walking trail in Virginia over the summer.
The suspect is said to have been naked from the waist down in some of the incidents.
Speaking about an attack that happened on Aug. 26, Herndon police Chief Maggie DeBoard said, “That subject exposed himself and was engaging in obscene sexual behaviors and grabbed the victim’s genitals before fleeing the area.”
DeBoard suspects Rodriguez Alfaro is connected to multiple cases in Herndon, Virginia.
WJLA reported that Fairfax County police Lieutenant Ryan Lazisky linked Rodriguez Alfaro to eight cases in Herndon, plus an additional 13 indecent exposure cases in Fairfax County.
Lazisky noted that Rodriguez Alfaro has a lengthy arrest record, and said, “There was no rape in these cases, but he did assault victims.”
Authorities believe that since January, Rodriguez Alfaro had been living in Herndon. Investigators suspect that Rodriguez Alfaro lived in Suffolk County, New York.
The accused serial sexual predator had an outstanding warrant for attempted rape and sexual assault for an alleged attack in Suffolk County.
Rodriguez Alfaro is accused of attacking a jogger in Suffolk in October 2021, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Marshals Service. The jogger – who is married to a member of law enforcement – was able to fight him off and escape. During that attack, Rodriguez Alfaro was reportedly pantsless and only wearing a tank top.
Suffolk County Police Det. Tom Corso – who is assigned to the U.S. Marshals task force – believes Rodriguez Alfaro fled the area after the attack. He allegedly made stops in Boston and Maryland before making his way to Virginia.
Rodriguez Alfaro is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
ICE told Fox 5 DC that Rodriguez Alfaro is an illegal immigrant originally from Honduras who had been deported three times.
Fox 5 DC reported, “The agency says it has lodged a detainer with Fairfax County so ICE would be alerted in the event Rodriguez Alfaro would be released. Fairfax County has adopted policies of not cooperating with ICE.”
Lazisky said Rodriguez Alfaro would face charges in Virginia while he is awaiting extradition to New York for the attempted rape charge.
“This is a good success story where we’re collaborating with federal partners as well as our neighboring jurisdictions,” Lazisky said. “We know that we were all out there on the trail, handing out flyers, canvassing, talking to the community. It feels good to be able to say you can feel safe again walking that path.”