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Thursday, January 29, 2009

This Week in Crime: The old 'want to clean my house?' ploy -- and a creepy repeat offender

A word to the wise: Friends don't let friends clean strangers' houses.

On Tuesday, January 27, detectives arrested Amjad Zuhdi Arnous, 35, of 11710 Old Bayberry Lane in Reston. Arnous allegedly approached a 36-year-old Herndon woman on Friday, January 23 between 10 and 11 a.m. and asked her if she wanted to get paid to clean his house. She agreed and went to his home. Inside the home, Arnous showed her the house. In his bedroom, he is charged with locking the door, taking off his clothes and touching the victim inappropriately. She was able to escape unharmed.

Arnous was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with abduction with intent to defile and aggravated sexual battery. Arnous is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. It is believed that there are other victims.
Not too creepy, right? But that's not the scary part. This is the same guy who was arrested for attempting to abduct a 13-year-old girl at the North Point Starbucks back in July. Police used the same mugshot (above) when he was arrested last time, so they probably managed to figure out it was the same guy. So why wasn't he in jail, exactly?

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