New details on Rivanna Trail attacks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The man charged with two counts of sexual battery and an attempted rape on the Rivanna Trail lives about half a mile away from the location of the alleged assaults, according to court records.

Twenty-year-old Brien Gray-Anderson is charged with misdemeanor sexual battery for incidents on March 7 and May 8. According to police, those earlier incidents were first reported as suspicious circumstances and were handled by patrol officers.

Detectives didn't hear about the earlier incidents until after the May 16 attempted rape of a 27-year-old woman who was jogging on the trail, according to Charlottesville Police Lieutenant Steve Upman.

Police realized the incidents could be connected due to the location. Upman said neighbors in the area also reported seeing a suspicious person in the area of the Rivanna Trail west of Jordan Park.

According to court records, Gray-Anderson has been unemployed for a month, and he's asked for a court appointed attorney.

His next hearing is scheduled for July 28.



 
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