The man suspected of slashing young women’s buttocks as they shopped at Fairfax County shopping malls last year has been arrested in Peru, police said Saturday.

Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel (Courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

Fairfax police issued a warrant in September charging Guillen Pimentel with malicious wounding in one of nine attacks on women in their teens and early 20s. The slashings took place between February and July last year at Fair Oaks Mall, Tysons Corner Center and other nearby malls, according to police.

In mid-December, authorities learned that Guillen Pimentel had fled to Peru, where his arrival sparked a flurry of local media coverage dubbing him a “cortela nalgas,” or “buttock slasher.”  

Police have not identified a motive for the unusual attacks, which involved the use of a razor blade or box cutter to slice the behinds of women who were distracted as they shopped, according to authorities. None of the women were seriously injured, but the repeated incidents led Fairfax police to form a task force to find the attacker.