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Slasher strikes fifth victim at Fairfax mall

(Fairfax County Police Department)

(Fairfax County Police Department)

“The attacks do appear random," Caldwell said. “Certainly no one would be expecting or suspecting anything like this to occur.”

(Fairfax County Police Department)

In Monday’s incident, an 18-year-old was browsing in the XXI Forever store in Fair Oaks Mall around 5:30 p.m. when she noticed a man behind her bending down to pick up clothes that had fallen off the rack, Caldwell said. She felt a sudden pain and thought that she might have been poked by a hanger, according to police. She then noticed she was bleeding. Her denim shorts had been slashed. 

The woman suffered a 1.5-inch wound, police said.

(Fairfax County Police Department)

Two other recent cases occurred at the H&M in Tyson’s Corner around 8:30 p.m. June 10, and at the Marshalls in the Greenbriar Shopping Center on June 20 around 2:45 p.m., police said.

The suspect, who was caught on surveillance tapes, is described as a heavy-set 5'6'' Latino in his late 20s, police said. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in Monday's attack.  

“This is certainly concerning, and we're taking it very seriously,” Caldwell said. “We haven't heard of anything like this before. This is very unusual.”

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