Three More Victims of the Serial Butt Slasher Step Forward
Police now believe the slasher cut at least nine women.
Three more victims of the serial butt slasher targeting women at Fairfax County retail stores have stepped forward, bringing the total number of known victims to nine.
Fairfax County Police believe the man slashed at least five women at Fair Oaks Mall, two at Tysons Corner Center, one at Greenbriar Shopping Center and another woman at Fairfax Towne Center. The latest-reported incidents took place early this year. The women stepped foward after five incidents were connected and highly publicized throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area.
"It's not surprising that people didn't report it back in February or whenever it took place, because many of these girls are 15, 16 years old, and didn't realize that it was something that needed police involvement," police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.
The last known incident took place at Forever XXI in Fair Oaks Mall on July 25th. An 18-year-old woman was shopping when she noticed clothes that had fallen off of a rack behind her. She saw a man bending down to pick them up, felt a sharp pain and thought that one of the hangars had struck her. She realized shortly afterwards that her denim shorts had been slashed, police said. Her bottom was cut one and a half inches and bleeding.
The man generally targets young women in their teens and early 20s, police said. The police department provided a list of locations where the incidents have occurred:
- 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, Forever XXI (no other info available)
The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavy-set. To see a map of the locations, click here.