Eighth attack on women attributed to man in Northern Va.


A sketch of a suspect in a series of Fairfax gropings. (Fairfax police/Courtesy image)

In the latest attack, a man grabbed a 23-year-old woman from behind as she waited at a bus stop in the 7200 block of Commerce Street in Springfield at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. She screamed, police said, and the man fled.

The man’s method, grabbing women from behind, has been similar in each of the reports shared by police since the first of the reported attacks in early September. Several of the attacks have taken place in the Springfield area.

Descriptions of the man have shared some similarities — he has been described as standing about 5 ft. 8 in., sometimes with a black beard or goatee — but other particulars, such as his race and outfits, have varied. He has alternately been called Asian, Hispanic and white, and in some cases, victims have been unable to describe him.

After the fifth incident, police released a composite sketch of the suspect.

The victims, all female, have ranged in age from 16 to 40.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, text “TIP187” and a message to CRIMES/274637, or reach them online. You can also call the Fairfax police at 703-691-2131.

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