- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Young women are being warned to mind their behinds while shopping in the Fairfax area after investigators have linked a series of bizarre slashings, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Investigators are looking for a serial attacker who has slashed the buttocks of at least five women, starting in February.

The most recent attack occurred Monday at the Fair Oaks Mall, inside the Forever 21 women’s clothing store.

The 18-year-old victim received a 1.5-inch gash across her buttocks, police said.

The woman said she was shopping when she noticed clothing that had fallen from a rack behind her and then a man bending down to pick up the fallen items. She then felt a sharp pain in her buttocks, but thought she might have been poked by one of the clothes hangers. A short time later, she realized that her denim shorts had been slashed and that she was cut and bleeding.

Two other incidents were also reported at Fair Oaks Mall — one Feb. 14 near the Champps restaurant and another May 16 inside an Anne Taylor women’s clothing store.

The other two incidents were reported June 18, inside the H & M clothing store, at Tysons Corner, and June 20, at a Marshall’s, at Greenbriar Shopping Center.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, in his late 20s, roughly 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavy set. In each of the attacks, police say, he distracted the women before cutting them.

“We want young women to take precaution and be aware of their surroundings,” said police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. “Don’t hesitate to report anything unusual.”

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