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Springfield-area Fondling Cases May Be Linked

A 17-year-old girl was grabbed from behind and fondled around 9 a.m. in the 5900 block of Erving Street on Thursday, Sept. 27. The woman was walking on the sidewalk when the assault occurred. Police believe this assault may be linked to two other similar incidents that took place in September. In each of these the suspect wore a plain, red baseball cap.

She described the suspect as either Asian or Hispanic, mid 30s, around five-foot-eight with a black, close-cut beard. He wore a blue T-shirt, black cotton sweatpants with a white stripe on each side and a red baseball cap.

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. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with a thin, black goatee or beard. He wore a red baseball cap, blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

On Sept. 7, a 26-year-old woman was walking in the area of Old Keene Mill Road and Springfield Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. when she heard a whistle. When she reached the 7200 block of Monticello Boulevard a man grabbed her from behind and fondled her. The man fled.

She described the suspect as Hispanic, and around five-foot-six. He wore a red baseball cap.

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

Police are investigating whether or not this assault may be linked to the three other similar incidents that took place in September.

None of the victims required medical attention.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.