Groper Strikes Again in Fairfax County

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Police released this sketch of a suspect.

    Another woman in the Springfield area has come forward, saying she was groped by a stranger in public. It’s one of eight assaults in the past two months that Fairfax County police believe are related.

    Police said the most recent assault happened about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon at a bus stop on Commerce Street. The victim said she screamed and ran after a man groped her from behind.

    The victim described the man as having a thin build with a short beard and a black baseball cap. Police said her description matched what’s been reported in earlier assaults. Other victims have described the man as being in his 30s, about 5-feet-8-inches tall, with a neatly-trimmed beard.

    All eight incidents have happened in the Springfield area since Sept. 7. The victims have ranged in age from 15 to 40 years old.

    If you have information about the case, call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131 or Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477.