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Fairfax Co. Police create task force for butt slasher

Friday - 8/12/2011, 3:24pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- Fairfax County Police have created a task force dedicated to tracking down the man suspected of slashing the buttocks of women.

Members of the task force and other police officials met Friday to share information, discuss leads and deploy a variety of techniques aimed at apprehending the suspect.

While there have been no confirmed slashing incidents outside Fairfax County, officers have informed neighboring jurisdictions in order to increase awareness.

PREVIOUS UPDATE (8/10): Police confirm there are now nine victims of a serial slasher who has been targeting young women in Fairfax County retail stores.

Several of the reports were filed in late July after detectives connected the cases and determined that there may be one individual responsible for all (or most) of the assaults.

Below is a list of the reported incidents as of Aug. 10:

  • July 25, Fair Oaks Mall, Forever XXI
  • June 20, Greenbriar Shopping Center, Marshalls
  • June 18, Tysons Corner Mall, H & M
  • June 8, Fairfax Towne Center, T.J. Maxx
  • May 16, Fair Oaks Mall, Ann Taylor
  • March 11, Tysons Corner Center, H & M
  • February 14, Fair Oaks Mall, near Champps
  • February, Fair Oaks Mall (no other info available)
  • February, Fair Oaks Mall XXI (no other info available)

Anyone who feels they were victimized should contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, online or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

PREVIOUS STORY (8/3/2011): Police have released the video below showing the serial slashing suspect entering the Marshall's store at Greenbriar Shopping Center on June 20.

PREVIOUS STORY: A 21-year-old woman may be the sixth victim of a serial slasher who has been targeting young women in Fairfax County retail stores.

Police say they received a report from the woman Monday, and the incident took place June 8 at a T.J. Maxx in Fairfax Towne Center. The victim said she was shopping when she felt a pinch on her backside. She turned around and saw a man picking up pieces of clothing and thought she might have been nicked by a hanger.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, discovered cuts in her clothing after returning home. She did not require medical attention.

As with the other reported cases, the suspect was described as a Hispanic male. He wore long pants and a short-sleeved shirt.

Officials believe the June 8 incident is tied to previous attacks. The latest one took place on July 25 at a Forever XXI store in Fair Oaks Mall. Four similar slashings were reported from February to June.

Police expect more women will step forward. They ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, online or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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