UPDATE: Police Seek Public's Assistance Identifying Rape Suspect

Published on September 21, 2018

UPDATE: Police identified the suspect as Salodus Zeloter Hicks, 60, of Washington D.C. and obtained warrants for forcible rape and strangulation. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on September 26, Arlington County Police, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department, attempted to execute a search and arrest warrants on the suspect at a residence in the 3300 block of Mt. Pleasant Street NW in Washington, D.C. Upon making contact with the suspect, he refused to exit the residence. Following a 16-hour barricade, he was safely taken into police custody with assistance by the FBI's Washington Field Office and Metropolitan Police Department.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department is seeking assistance from the public identifying a rape suspect caught on surveillance video. At approximately 4:02 p.m. on September 17, police responded to the 5500 block of Columbia Pike for the late report of a rape. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim and suspect made contact through an online advertisement. During the arranged service, the suspect physically assaulted and raped the victim. Following the assault, the suspect fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as an approximately 60-year-old black male, 5'10" to 6' tall with a medium build. He has brown eyes and dark short curly hair with some gray. He was wearing a bright blue shirt with a tan collar, khaki pants, tan shoes and carrying an umbrella at the time of the incident.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it is believed that this was a targeted attack. The investigation is ongoing and there is no known threat to the larger community.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective P. Pena of the Arlington County Police Department's Special Victims' Unit at (703) 228-4183 or at ACPDSVU@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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