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Two women assaulted in Franconia area of Fairfax County

Police say one of the Tuesday incidents happened near Backlick Road and Highland Street. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

WASHINGTON – Fairfax County police say they are investigating two unrelated assaults in the Franconia area in which two women were inappropriately touched.

In the first incident, police say a 30-year-old woman was walking in the area of Briarleigh Way and Crestleigh Way on Tuesday around 10 a.m. when a man appeared and touched her, then fled.

The woman was not injured.

The suspect was described as white or Hispanic and in his late 20s. He was about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt and light-colored pants.

Police say the second incident happened near Backlick Road and Highland Street around 1:30 p.m. the same day. A 23-year-old woman was grabbed from behind, before the suspect fled the area.

That suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and skinny. He was wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt and black jean shorts.

Police reportedly believe the incidents are not connected to a series of two dozen groping assaults that have plagued the area in recent months.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, send an email at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text “TIP187″ plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.

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