LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Three recent incidents of groping that may be connected to a series of similar assaults in the Springfield area are under investigation.
Fairfax County Police say the most recent incident occurred at around 11:45 a.m. Friday on Floyd Avenue near Hanover Street. A 28-year-old woman was walking when she was grabbed. She screamed and the man fled.
Two more incidents occurred earlier in the week.
On Thursday, around 5 p.m. a 29-year-old woman was walking in the 5900 block of Dinwiddie Street when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her. On Tuesday around 6:30 p.m., near the intersection of Amherst and Cumberland Avenues, a 20-year-old woman was jogging when a man approached her from behind and fondled her. In both cases, the man fled after the assault.
The suspect in each of this week’s incidents was described as a Hispanic male, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, with facial hair, a ball cap and blue jeans.
This brings the number of possible related assault incidents to 21. Eighteen similar incidents have occurred in the area over the past several months. Many of the victims, who range in age from 15 to 49, have described their attacker as a Hispanic male.
Detectives released a new composite sketch of the suspect based on two incidents of assault reported within 30 minutes of each other on Jan. 30.
Locations where police believe the serial groper has struck so far in 2013. The red markers are the most recent assaults:
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