Two gropings that occurred Wednesday afternoon could be the 16th and 17th linked to a possible serial groper who has attacked women in and around the Springfield area in recent months, police said.
The first assault occurred about 3:10 p.m. as a 30-year-old woman was walking south on Dinwiddie Street near Dana Avenue, Fairfax County police said.
The woman reported that a man approached her from behind, grabbed and groped her, and then fled.
The suspect was described as Hispanic and about 5’6” tall. He had a neatly trimmed beard and wore a sweatshirt.
The second attack occurred just 25 minutes later a few blocks away, police said. A 25-year-old woman reported that she was walking south on Backlick Road beneath a Beltway overpass when she felt a man groping her. She yelled and the suspect fled.
The suspect was described as Hispanic and about 5’6” tall. He wore a black jacket and blue jeans.
It is unclear whether the attacks are linked, but police are exploring the possibility that they could be the work of a serial groper. The gropings began in September and have mostly targeted young women.