Fondling attacks on teens, woman in Springfield may be linked

A single suspect may be responsible for four fondling attacks on teens and young women in Springfield over the last month, Fairfax County police said.

The most recent incident occurred Tuesday when a 15-year-old girl reported she was grabbed from behind and fondled around 7:15 p.m. in the 6200 block of Hibbling Ave., police said.

After the girl was grabbed, she pulled away and the suspect fled, police said.

The attack was similar to three others that occurred in September, police said.

On Sept. 27, a 17-year-old girl was grabbed from behind and fondled around 9 a.m. in the 5900 block of Erving Street, police said.

On Sept. 18, a 16-year-old girl was walking on a path in the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive around 2:45 p.m. when she was grabbed and fondled, police said. The suspect then ran away.

On Sept. 7, a 26-year-old woman was grabbed from behind and fondled in the 7200 block of Monticello Boulevard, police said. The suspect then fled.

None of the victims were seriously injured in the attacks.

The victims variously described the suspect as a Hispanic or Asian man between 5’6” and 5’8”, and possibly having a thin black beard or goatee. In each of the four incidents, the suspect was described as wearing a red baseball cap.

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