Fairfax County Police announced it has set up internal task force to find the suspect connected with the series of butt stabbings at retail stores that began in February.
"It's basically the same model we used last year in the serial burglar task force in the way we internally manage our resources," said Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for the FCPD. "It worked for the serial burglar. Although he was arrested in Maryland, our resources played a key role in that arrest."
Caldwell said using a task force helps coordinate the many leads and pieces of information that come from a variety of sources in a serial case like this one.
Though no incidents have been reported outside the county, the task force has already met with other jurisdictions to share details in case they come across similar incidents or relevant information.
Police are using several techniques in the investigation, including additional uniformed officers throughout malls and retail centers across the area, according to a statement released today.
The last known assault was July 25 at Forever 21 in Fair Oaks mall. Eight other cases have been reported.
The complete list of incidents are:
- July 25, Fair Oaks Mall, Forever XXI
- June 20, Greenbriar Shopping Center, Marshalls
- June 18, Tysons Corner Mall, H & M
- June 8, Fairfax Towne Center, T.J. Maxx
- May 16, Fair Oaks Mall, Ann Taylor
- March 11, Tysons Corner Center, H & M
- February 14, Fair Oaks Mall, near Champps
- February, Fair Oaks Mall (no other info available)
- February, Fair Oaks Mall, Forever XXI (no other info available)
FCPD is keeping a list of incidents on the department's homepage to keep residents informed as new cases arise, similar to the running tally last summer of
To interact with a map of the stabbing locations, click here.
The suspect is described as hispanic, late 20’s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavy-set. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in the July 25 assault.
Contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS/8477, www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 with any information. Fairfax County Police can be reached at 703-691-2131.