There is a new major clue in the hunt for a serial groper in the Springfield area. Police have released surveillance video of a possible suspect in an attack last Thursday.
In all of the 23 previous groping incidents before this recent assault, the suspect walked up to a woman outdoors, grabbed or touched her inappropriately, then took off.
But the latest assault happened at around 3 p.m. inside the HomeGoods store in the Kingstowne Towne Center and police believe the man they have been looking for may have been caught on camera.
Police say a 31-year-old woman was grabbed from behind by a man in the store. Other shoppers tried to help stop him, but the suspect got away.
Police say the assaults began since last September. And until now, all of them had occurred outdoors. The victims in these cases have ranged from 15 to 49 years old and have occurred at different times of the day.
“While none of the people who have been impacted by the situation have had to actually seek medical care, certainly it’s been very traumatizing to them,” said Lucy Caldwell, Spokesperson for Fairfax County Police. “It's hard to say whether or not something like this could turn into something else, but certainly it has been going on for some time and we want to bring a stop to it.”
Detectives are working to see whether this man could be the suspect in the other 23 groping cases.
“Any detail can be helpful,” said Caldwell. “It may be just the slightest thing. Someone recognizes the clothes that the person was wearing or they recognize the stride and the walk -- that sort of thing.”
Over the past few months, police have released two composite sketches. The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5’7” with a slim build.