The man wanted in a bizarre series of buttock slashings that targeted young women at busy Fairfax County shopping malls has fled to his native Peru, police said Wednesday.
Authorities are exploring whether Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel, 40, can be extradited to stand trial in this country, but so far he has not been taken into custody, said Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County police.
“We are aware that he has been seen there,” Caldwell said. “We are working with Peruvian officials to determine whether or not we can bring him back to the United States.”
Caldwell said Guillen Pimentel arrived in Peru around mid-December, but said it was unclear whether he had traveled there directly from the United States, or how he had left this country. He is believed to be staying in the nation’s capital, Lima.
In September, Fairfax County police issued a warrant for Guillen Pimentel’s arrest in one of the attacks, and asked for the public’s help in locating the former Fairfax resident. Authorities have said they suspect he slashed nine women in their teens and early 20s between February and July at Fair Oaks Mall, Tysons Corner Center and other locations.
Pimentel would allegedly distract the women, cut their buttocks with a razor blade or box cutter, and then melt away into crowds. No one was seriously injured, but the strange, random attacks drew widespread media attention and prompted police to form a task force to track down the culprit.
Police still do not have a motive for the slashings, but Guillen Pimentel’s brother told the Post in September that his brother was not known to be violent or aggressive. The brother said Guillen Pimentel had worked as a day laborer and has a young son.
Guillen Pimentel’s arrival in Peru generated blaring headlines in a number of media outlets, which dubbed him “corta nalgas,” or buttocks slasher. Some have used actors to stage re-enactments of Pimentel’s alleged crimes.
Interpol Lima officials said they were waiting for additional information before commenting on Pimentel’s case. Officials at the Peruvian embassy in Washington were researching the case Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they could not comment on whether Pimentel had flown from the United States to Peru, citing passenger privacy rules. The agency checks passenger manifests for all flights leaving the United States against a database of outstanding warrants to prevent fugitives from leaving the country.
Staff writer Allison Klein contributed to this report.