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Fairfax/Vienna Groper Strikes Again

A 27-year-old Fairfax-area woman was grabbed on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at about 1:30 p.m., according to a police report. She was walking near the 9400 block of Lee Highway near the Circle Towers apartments when a man came up behind her and attempted to pull down her pants. The victim screamed, and the suspect fled. The victim was not injured.

Detectives believe the case may be related to similar incidents in which women were assaulted since Aug. 24. In each case, a Hispanic man came from behind the women and groped them or attempted to pull down their pants.

During the course of the investigation into these assaults, a 50-year-old Fairfax-area woman came forward to police to report she had also been assaulted. On Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 p.m., the woman was waiting for an elevator in the basement of Tower 3 of the Circle Tower apartments when a man came from behind and touched her inappropriately, said police. The suspect then tried to take her purse, but she resisted. The suspect fled into the parking garage toward Tower 1.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing all black. He had black hair that was long on top and shaved in the back. A composite sketch has released, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Woman Attacked in Tysons Area

A 17-year-old Tysons Corner-area woman was attacked on Thursday, Nov. 2 at about 12:30 a.m. in the 7400 block of Tillman Drive, according to a police report.

The woman was walking on Tillman Drive when she saw a shadow behind her. A man grabbed her from behind and covered her mouth. He carried her several feet away, threw her on the ground and attempted to take off her boots, but the victim kicked the suspect, said police. He then tried to grab her purse but was unsuccessful. The suspect touched the victim inappropriately and then fled in the direction from which the victim had come. The victim was not injured.

Further investigation revealed the incident to be an attempted robbery, police said. The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a chubby build. He was wearing a black shirt, black hat and black tank top. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Mall Decision Delayed

A decision about the proposal to transform Tysons Corner Mall into a mini-city has been delayed. Planning Commissioner Ken Lawrence cited the need for additional time to resolve concerns with the proposal.

Tysons Corner mall is now about 2.4 million square feet, on more than 78 acres.

Mall owner Macerich wants to add more than 3 million square feet more in four buildings, including: 1.4 million square feet of office space in four buildings, a 266,000-square-foot hotel (about 300 rooms), 1.6 million square feet of residential space (950 to 1345 condos or apartments) and 200,000 square feet of new retail space.

The decision was deferred until Dec. 7. After the Planning Commission recommendation, the plan will go to the Board of Supervisors for a public hearing and final decision. It is scheduled for January 2007.

Kilmer Incident Was Just 'Rumors'

Fairfax County Police investigators checked out rumors Friday of a student possessing a gun and knives at Kilmer Middle School, but found that the rumors were unfounded, said Paul Regnier, the school system's spokesman.

"It's all rumors," Regnier said. "The school had police come out to look into these reports, but at the end of the day they determined it was nothing. No gangs, no guns."

Several Kilmer Middle parents contacted the school system Friday after hearing the rumors of a gun-wielding student. It appears the rumors may have been started by a student, Regnier said.