WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Police say they have apprehended a suspect involved in an abduction that occurred in the 14200 block of Essex Dr in Woodbridge Tuesday morning.
Members of the Department’s Forensics Services Section were able to link the suspect, identified as Adam-Seth Nathaneal Walter, to the incident from evidence recovered from the scene. Members of the Street Crimes Unit apprehended Walter without incident in the area while on an unrelated investigation.
The investigation into the abduction revealed the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was walking to school when she observed Walter coming towards her. Police say Walter grabbed the victim and implied he had a weapon. At the same time, a witness, identified as a 34-year-old woman, was in front of her residence and observed the victim with Walter. During the encounter, Walter repeatedly struck the witness causing significant injuries before forcing her and the juvenile victim into the residence. Another occupant of the house heard Walter in the home and attempted to intervene. The suspect then fled the residence with the victim.
When Walter left the residence, the witness immediately called police to report the incident. Walter reportedly took the victim to an address on Cumberland Dr where he sexually assaulted her.
After the encounter, he released the victim and fled on foot. Responding officers learned of the victim from the witness and began checking the area. The victim approached an officer stationed in the area a short time later. The victim and witness were transported to an area hospital for treatment while detectives and forensic investigators continued the investigation.
Walter has been charged with multiple felonies in connection to this investigation and remains incarcerated.