09/20/2012 07:13 pm ET

Profoundly Deaf Woman Victim Of Sexual Assault Near Rosslyn Metro Station

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WASHINGTON -- A woman who can neither hear nor talk was sexually assaulted near the Rosslyn Metro station just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to ARLnow:

The woman had walked out of the Metro station and was looking for a taxi when a man, possibly homeless, touched her inappropriately and took her money, according to police. Officers had to use written communication in order to gather details about the crime, since the woman could not hear or talk and was unable to communicate with sign language, police said.

The Arlington County police report, which does not mention the woman's disabilities, notes the suspect took $45 in cash.

Patch has more details, provided by Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck:

The man put his hand in the woman's pants, though the woman prevented him from doing anything else, Sternbeck said.

The woman was able to bite the man's hand as he tried to cover her mouth.

"He was trying to engage in sexual intercourse or rape, but could not. She was fighting it off," Sternbeck said.

WUSA9 reports that the victim does not know American sign language, so investigators communicated with her in writing.

Sternbeck told Patch that police will increase patrols around the Rosslyn Metro and are "actively searching for the suspect and working with the victim."