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Police: Woman Assaulted by Meat Salesman

Cedar Cove resident says man touched her when she let him in to use restroom.

A Reston woman says a salesman assaulted her in her home earlier this week.

The victim, 47, told Fairfax County Police a man selling meat products came to her door in the 2200 block of Cedar Cove Court on Wednesday. 

The man asked to use the restroom, police said. Once inside the home, he allegedly touched the victim against her will. He then left the home. The victim was not injured.

The suspect was described as white, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and between 160 and 190 pounds. He had brown hair.

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El May 09, 2013 at 08:11 PM
And why would this woman let someone unknown to her into her home? Ya just don't do that.
Jeff Pearl May 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Who buys meat from a door to door salesman? She must have been caught off guard and was just being nice, but that is risky, especially for a lady home alone. Something worse could happen, and no one would know for several hours or longer.
BBurns May 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I agree, Jeff. We had a meat sales guy in our neighborhood a couple of months ago. Gave some story about having surplus and needing to sell it, so would give a good price. I was outside and the truck was parked on the cul de sac; the guy was leaving a neighbor's yard. I thought it was odd, said no. He was 20s/30s.
Diane Blust May 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM
We had a meat salesman in our neighborhood a few years ago - he became verbally abusive when I told him I didn't buy meat. It struck me as very odd that someone would try to sell meat door to door...
Evelyn Flynn May 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Just callednon emergency police number to tell that this van had Capitol Meats written on side of van. Thought that might help them. They had no record of the incident so didn't take the info.
Keith A. May 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Jeff as crazy as it sounds, Capital Meats is actually pretty good (seafood is awful but their steaks are good)... It's a shame that such a horrible person took advantage of such an incredibly trusting person.
Keith A. May 10, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Diane's right, though... Even the guys at Capital Meats can sometimes make sleazy used car salesman look like church deacons... But I have the advantage of people understanding that I mean it when I say "no," (must be the Marine in me) so I was never that concerned with letting him into my house...
johnson May 10, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Google "Capital Meats complaints".
JoAnn Carlysle May 10, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Captial Meats also came to our door this week. Claiming surplus of meat and was going door to door. He left immediately after my husband told him we weren't interested. The Cedar Cove neighborhood is a great place to live, but you can't trust a guy driving thru in a truck who claims he needs a rest room. Not a safe move.
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:36 PM
i saw this truck, a man (not this man, another man who was black) came to the door, we said no. then the truck sat running, at the dead-end of the street for approximately 20 minutes...and then very slowly drove out of Cedar Cove Court. no one should ever feel they have to let a stranger into their house unless they obviously have been victimized...and clearly appear to be the victim (not the perpetrator!)
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
this was the same story the guy (who was not the perpetrator on wednesday) gave to us...surplus meat at a good price. and i felt it was creepy...the way the van slowly pulled up, parked with the engine running for too long at the end of the street...and then very, very slowly drove away...it didn't feel right from the beginning. Gavin De Becker has written the best book called "The Gift of Fear" that everyone should read. he says trust your gut. i said this felt off on wednesday, and didn't know of any incident until this afternoon. my gut instinct was correct.
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
exactly...i made a point to look at the colorful graphics covering the van because it felt off somehow. i remember it as capitAl meats...we both remember an S at the end of Meat...check yelp (there is a MD company called Capital Meat that doesn't want to be confused with this van)
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:53 PM
brian, it is So Not Worth the risk. also, who knows if meat sold door to door has been kept refrigerated or frozen properly...and no one - no woman alone certainly - should let anyone in the door in this day and age. if someone needs to go to the bathroom, they should go buy gas at a station or go to a convenience store and buy something.
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Brian, you guys are surer about not worrying about not being nice. on yelp, people have complained about Capital Meats...but no one who wants to come into a house or apartment should be trusted door to door.
carrie May 10, 2013 at 08:57 PM
exactly...but, regardless, door to door just isn't worth it anymore...even if the stuff was free. we have got to get out of always seeking a bargain and start feeling good about paying a fair price for what we buy. the best businesses demand a fair price and fair wage because they know they are guaranteeing quality. and satisfied customers are glad to pay a fair price for a good product or service.
BBurns May 11, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Think it's these folks? Using google and chrome, I couldn't get to the website. Even without the reported assault or becoming verbally abusive, as someone else posted, lying about "surplus" meat he has to get rid of quickly so can give a good deal? I wonder if the company owners know that's what their salesman in this area is doing, and whether they know about the assault report. This is what I came up with. If it's wrong, I'll delete it. Contact Us - USDA Choice Steaks | USDA Choice Beef | USDA ... www.capitalmeats.com/contactus.cfm Capital Meats, Inc. 3908 Valley Pike Winchester, VA 22602. Tel: 540-869-1913. Baltimore, MD Office: Capital Meats, Inc. 8912-A Yellow Brick Road Baltimore ... And here's a review that's about the same company: http://www.yelp.com/biz/capital-meats-fredericksburg If the reviewer is correct and they don't have the correct license, if anyone spots the truck, maybe call the police (not 911 emergency). If they're hassled enough they may leave.
BBurns May 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Note that there are 15 filtered reviews underneath the two that are visible. You can click on them and enter the "captcha" to read them. (Yelp filters a lot, like if someone hasn't written a review before it might be filtered.)
Connie Hartke May 31, 2013 at 08:38 PM
There is a pest control company going door to door that is using obnoxious tactics. A few weeks ago they told a friend of mine that a neighbor had recommended they speak to her. We believe they took the name of the mailbox. Last night a good looking young man came to our door - I turned it over to my husband, who couldn't get rid of the guy. Even after Paul said he needed to get back to fixing dinner for his 93 year old mother, the guy wouldn't give up. He used the same technique of referencing a neighbor. Finally shut the door on him. I saw the same guy walking down Twin Branches this morning. Beware!

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