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Friday, October 5, 2012

Fondling assaults could be linked

Composite sketch of suspect
Fairfax County Police believe several fondling cases in the Springfield area might be linked.

A 15-year-old girl reported being grabbed from behind and fondled around 7:15 p.m., Oct. 2,  in the 6200 block of Hibbling Avenue in Springfield. The girl was walking northbound on Hibbling near Exmore Street when the incident occurred, police from the Franconia station reported. She pulled away from the suspect and fled.

Police are investigating the possibility that that case could be linked to similar fondling incidents in the Springfield area in September. In those cases, the suspect wore a plain, red baseball cap. None of the victims required medical attention.

On Sept. 27, a 17-year-old girl was walking on the sidewalk in the 5900 block of Erving Street at about 9 p.m. when someone grabbed her from behind and fondled her. She described the suspect as either Asian or Hispanic, mid 30s, around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a black, close-cut beard, wearing a blue T-shirt and black cotton sweatpants with a white stripe on each side.

On Sept. 18, a 16-year-old student was walking on a path in the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive in Springfield around 2:45 p.m. when she was grabbed. The suspect fondled her and ran away. He was described as Hispanic with a thin, black goatee or beard, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

A 26-year-old woman was walking in the area of Old Keene Mill Road and Springfield Boulevard around 8:30 a.m., Sept. 7, when she heard a whistle. When she reached the 7200 block of Monticello Boulevard,  a man grabbed her from behind and fondled her and fled. She described the suspect as Hispanic and around 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeSolvers at 866/411-TIPS/8477, text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637, or call Fairfax County Police, 703/691-2131.

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