(CBS) FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - A 42-year-old man, originally from Peru, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for slashing young women's buttocks at Virginia malls in 2011, according to The Washington Post.
According to the paper, Johnny D. Guillen, who was initially suspected of committing nine attacks, pleaded guilty to four attacks as part of a deal with prosecutors.
In each attack, police say Guillen would slip up behind the young victim and slash her in her buttocks with a hobby knife, then immediately disappear into the crowd.
In one case, police responded to a report of a woman who suffered a 1-inch wound to her buttocks.
"The 18-year-old victim was shopping when she noticed clothes that had fallen off of a rack behind her and saw a man bending down to pick them up," police said. "She abruptly felt a sharp pain and considered that one of the hangers had struck her. A short time later, she discovered her denim shorts had been slashed; her buttocks had been cut and were bleeding."
Guillen had fled to his native Peru but wasback to the U.S. in January 2012. He was convicted of two counts of malicious wounding and unlawful wounding.
According to the paper, none of the stabbings resulted in serious injuries but one victim was left with a permanent scar, said a prosecutor during a June hearing.
The motive for the attacks remains unknown.