More victims come forward in Fairfax serial slasher case

(Photo: Fairfax County Police)

The case against a man suspected of slashing woman at retail stores in Fairfax is building as more victims have stepped forward, bringing the total number to nine, ABC7 News has learned.

Two more women have reported that they were cut on the buttocks while shopping at Fair Oaks Mall in February, and a third woman said she was slashed in Mach at Tysons Corner Center. According to ABC7 News, at the time of each incident, none of the woman believed they were intentionally cut. Instead they thought they had just backed into a hanger.

In the meantime, Fairfax authorities on Friday announced that they will create a task force to catch the suspected slasher.

“It's really hard for me to grasp that someone would go around doing something like that to people. It just seems very weird to me,” said shopper Corey Johnson.

Detectives are looking for a heavy-set Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, in his later 20s or early 30s. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in a similar assault on July 25.

All of the newest victims say they saw a Hispanic man nearby when they felt a stabbing pain, ABC7 News reports.

The most severe injury required a band-aid as treatment, so most didn't report the incidents to police.

“Maybe they didn't think it was a crime, maybe they weren't injured, maybe they were embarrassed,” Fairfax County police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.

The victims in all cases are in their teens to early 20s, all shopping in malls or shopping centers from Tysons Corner to Chantilly, all inside stores that mostly cater to women's fashions.

While the suspect’s picture has been captured on various store surveillance cameras, he has yet to be identified.

“If I saw like a single, middle aged guy just walking around the store where girls are shopping, I think that would be a red-flag,” said shopper Abby Mark.

Authorities released footage of the{ }suspect walking into a Marshall’s store in Chantilly on June 20. He’s suspected of attacking women in stores from Tysons Corner to Chantilly.

“I really hope that the individual is caught. To go around doing that type of thing to women is just really, really an awful thing to do,” said another shopper, Giovanna Hughes.

Investigators say the latest{ }attacks may be linked to five others in retail stores in the area. In each case, the suspect distracts the victims before cutting them. All of the victims were females in their teens or early 20's.

The official Fairfax County Police list of cases:
July 25: Fair Oaks Mall
June 20: Greenbrier Shopping Center
June 18: Tysons Corner Mall
June 8: Fairfax Towne Center
May 16: Fair Oaks Mall
March 11: Tysons Corner Mall
February 14: Fair Oaks Mall
February (no date) Fair Oaks Mall
February (no date) Fair Oaks Mall