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Serial slasher: Suspected serial slasher may have attacked sixth victim

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Police on Wednesday released new surveillance footage of the man suspected of slashing at least six women in Fairfax at retail outlets.

The suspected serial slasher seen in this surviellance footage.

Authorities released footage of the man walking into a Marshall’s store in Chantilly on June 20. He’s suspected of attacking women in stores from Tysons Corner to Chantilly.

On Monday, a woman who was shopping at the T.J. Maxx at Fairfax Towne Center on June 8 reported to police that she felt a pinch on her behind. When she turned around, she saw a man picking up pieces of clothing and thought she may have been cut by a clothes hanger.

When she arrived home, she discovered that her clothing had been cut. She didn’t need medical treatment.

Fairfax County Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell says that when the 21-year-old woman saw reports of similar suspicious incidents, she called police.

Police say that they're currently working to get clearer surveillance images of the suspect. So far, the ones that have been released have not led to many tips.

"We may have more reports of this kind of activity now that it appears there is someone responsible for doing this" Caldwell said. Caldwell said other women may not have realized they were crime victims until hearing about the string of similar cases.

Authorities say the suspect has been assaulting women in retail stores in Fairfax County since February. In each case, the suspect distracts the victims before cutting them. All of the victims were females in their teens or early 20s.

Women who were out shopping said they felt angry and anxious when they learned of this latest case.

“That's kind of crazy that it's just a normal suburban shopping center and these things keep happening,” said shopper Jill Konopaske.

“It has me looking all around me,” Deborah Kelton said.

Police are looking for a heavy-set Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, in his late 20s or early 30s. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in the July 25 assault.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, online at fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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