Police are on the lookout for a Hispanic male they believe has been attacking young women in shopping centers.
The slasher’s most recent victim was an 18-year-old girl who was shopping at Forever 21 in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Last Monday night, the girl said she felt a sharp pain in her rear-end and thought she had gotten caught on a hanger, but when she looked at her backside, she realized she was bleeding and that her denim short had been . The wound was superficial and only 1.5 in. police say.
Tuesday, police released additional information, stating that this method of attack has been happening since February, around Valentine’s Day. The victims have all been in their teens to early 20s.
Spokeswoman for Fairfax Co. Police, Lucy Caldwell, said in each case, the victim was distracted when the suspect cut her with either a box cutter or a razor.
“The attacks do appear random,” Caldwell told reporters. “Certainly no one would be expecting or suspecting anything like this to occur.”