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Fairfax Co. police investigate possible 23rd case of ‘serial groper’

The suspect in this released sketch is believed to be involved with 23 groping incidents reported. (Courtesy Fairfax County Police)

UDPATE: Friday – 3/15/2013, 12:33pm ET

WASHINGTON – Fairfax County police say the “serial groper” may have struck for the 23rd time.

Police say a 26-year-old woman was walking on Bauer Road near Old Keene Mill Road around 3 p.m., March 14. She told police she heard footsteps behind her and then felt someone grab her from behind. The person groped her and fled.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, slim and around 5-feet-7-inches tall. He was wearing khaki pants, navy short-sleeved shirt with white writing on the back, dark-colored baseball cap and white tennis shoes.

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.

EARLIER: Thursday – 3/14/2013, 3:47am ET

Del Walters, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Fairfax County police believe a man who has been groping and grabbing women for months has attacked again.

The latest attack would be the 22nd time the groper has struck, police say.

Police say a 32-year-old woman was putting luggage in the trunk of a car in the 6400 block of Franconia Court Monday evening when a man came up and grabbed her from behind.

When the woman turned around, the man fled, police say.

The suspect was described as a white man, between 20 and 30, about 5-foot-10. He wore a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white ball cap.

The attack fits the profile of a man who has become known as the “serial groper.” All of the victims are women who live in the Springfield area.

Police held a community-wide meeting Thursday to answer questions and concerns. Officers briefed residents on the assaults and provided crime prevention tips to help women from being victimized.

Prior to Monday’s attack, the groper last struck on March 1, grabbing a woman as she walked down Floyd Avenue near Hanover Street around lunchtime.

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