Fairfax County Police on Wednesday released new photos of the man suspected of stabbing at least five women in the butt while they shopped at area stores.
The most recent incident was Monday at the Forever 21 store at Fair Oaks Mall, where an 18-year-old suffered a 1 1/2 inch stab wound.
The victim told police she was shopping when she noticed clothes that had fallen off of a rack behind her and saw a man bending down to pick them up. She abruptly felt a sharp pain and considered that one of the hangers had struck her. A short time later, she discovered her denim shorts had been slashed; her buttocks had been cut and were bleeding. Store employees quickly contacted security who summoned police.
Detectives indicate that this attack may be linked to four others that have taken place in Fairfax County retail stores since February. The most recent case occurred in a Marshall’s at Greenbriar Shopping Center on June 20 around 2:45 p.m. Other cases took place at the Ann Taylor store at Fair Oaks and the H&M store at Tysons Corner Center.
In each case, the suspect distracts his victim before cutting them. The victims have all been teen-aged women or in their early 20s.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, late 20’s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavy-set. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in the Monday, July 25 assault.