After 22 years, arrest made in Fairfax County cold case


Police believe they finally have the man behind bars who was allegedly responsible for a horrific attack in the early hours of June 6, 1995. 

Police said a man entered a Reston apartment where four young women, all in their 20s, were sleeping. According the newspaper archives from 1995, police at the time said the man wearing a ski mask and gloves woke the victims up. 

“He sexually assaulted all four,” explained Julie Parker, Fairfax County Police Department. “The man then robbed the women and fled.” 

Twenty two-years later, police have arrested 49 year-old Jude Lovchik in connection to the crime. 

“This was a case that, until recently, had been a cold case. New information came to the forefront that led detectives to this suspect in Florida,” said Parker.  

Lovchik had lived in Springfield until Sept. 2017 and has former addresses listed in Reston, Fairfax, Manassas and Temple Hills.

Last month, police said he moved to Ocala, Fla., where he was arrested during a traffic stop Wednesday.

“I think what it (Lovchik’s arrest) does is it sends a message to criminals. Essentially, in that we don’t forget about our victims,” said Parker. 

Police said on Aug. 25, 2017, DNA evidence confirmed an investigative lead they had been pursuing. 

“We can’t get into too much of the particulars about this other than to say that DNA evidence we obtained,” said Parker.

When asked if it was recently, she replied, “Yes. [In] August of this year.” 

According to news archives from February 1994 to June 1995, eight women had been sexually assaulted in Chantilly and Centreville, two more attacks occurred in Prince William County and two other women were raped in their Burke Centre apartment. Most of the victims were in their 20s, shared an apartment, and in several cases, the suspect reportedly wore a mask and gloves. 

“We are looking at the possibility that he could be involved in additional cases, but right now, he is charged in this particular case,” stressed Parker, pointing out that detectives were looking into other cases that occurred in the area at the time. 

Right now, they said their main focus is on the four women who survived his attack.

“Just because that incident occurred so long ago doesn’t mean that hearing this news today, this person is in custody. That brings it [to light] again,” Parker said.  

Lovchik is currently charged with being a fugitive from justice but will face charges of armed burglary, abduction with intent to defile and sodomy charges once he’s extradited back to Fairfax County. Police said that is estimated to happen in about 10 days.

Police added that additional charges are also expected in this case.

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