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Surveillance video shows suspect in Springfield gropings

Fairfax County police have released surveillance video of a suspect who may be responsible for a series of gropings in and around the Springfield area over the last seven months.

The brief clip shows a man entering an Alexandria HomeGoods store, where a 31-year-old woman was sexually assaulted around 3 p.m. on Thursday, police said. The woman was grabbed from behind and the suspect fled the scene.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man around 30 years of age. He wore a black jacket, light-colored pants and black hat, police said.

Police believe the same suspect may have committed 24 gropings since September. The attacks have largely been centered around the Monticello Forest neighborhood of Springfield. The suspect has targeted women jogging, walking or waiting at bus stops.

Police said Thursday’s attack was different because the assault occurred inside a store with lots of people around. Passersby attempted to stop the man, but he got away.

Composite sketch of the serial groper. (Fairfax County police)

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.

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