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Jesse Matthew Jr.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was transferred from Charlottesville to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center early Wednesday morning, Laura French reported.

Matthew was booked at 1:40 a.m. He will appear in court for a status hearing Friday morning.

Matthew is accused of attacking a Fairfax woman in 2005. He faces charges of abduction, sexual assault, and attempted capital murder in that case.

During Friday’s hearing, judge Dennis Smith is expected to set a trial date.

Woman was dragged, sexually assaulted

In the Fairfax case, authorities said that on September 24, 2005, a young woman returning from a grocery store was grabbed from behind by an assailant and sexually assaulted.

“We saw her purse on the front sidewalk,” said neighbor Stacey Simkins. “He had already dragged her behind our units to the dark pool area.”

Simkins did not see the suspect’s face, but she immediately called police.

“The offender was scared away by a passerby,” the FBI said in a statement, “but the victim got a good look at him.”

The victim helped authorities draw up a composite sketch, and now she could potentially be called as a witness at trial.


“I’d rather not say where she is, but she is cooperative,” Fairfax County Prosecutor Ray Morrogh said.

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