The news article:
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police have released new, significantly clearer images of a man investigators believe has been slashing young women on their buttocks at local retail stores and malls.Sheesh.
There have been five attacks in Northern Virginia since Feburary including three at the Fair Oaks Mall. Other assaults happened at the Greenbriar Shopping Center and at Tysons Corner Center.
Investigators believe the suspect is using either a box cutter or a razor blade. In any case, police are convinced he will strike again unless he is caught.
"It -is- an unusual case," said Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.
The newly released surveillance photographs show the suspect is Hispanic, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and heavy-set. He allegedly distracts his young female victims while they shop and then, he strikes his target.
"It's disconcerting, it is painful and you feel that your space has been violated. It's a form of assault," said Caldwell.
A criminal profiler tells 9News that the suspect may have a sexual disorder called piquerism. It's a form of sadomasochism in which one finds sexual gratification by cutting or stabbing a person in a sexually significant area.
"We were a little surprised and it's definitely a unique thing. It's nothing that would fall in a normal category," said Robbie Stark, the General Manager at Fair Oaks Mall.
At Fair Oaks, where the most recent attack targeted an 18 year-old victim, security remains tight. Women have called the mall, including parents.
"They're concerned, obviously. I'm always more than willing to talk with them and explain what we know and what we're doing. And it's still a very safe place to be," said Stark.
In surveillance photos, the suspect wears different clothing, but one item remains a constant: the large white watch on his left arm.
Police hope someone recognizes the suspect. The profiler said he may have tried this behavior with a wife or girlfriend and was rejected, so now, he's now targeting strangers.
Written by Andrea McCarren
9NEWS NOW & WUSA9.COM
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