(CBS/AP) FAIRFAX, Va. - Police say three more women claim they were attacked by a serial butt slasher in local malls in Fairfax County, a suburb 20 miles west of Washington, D.C.
According to police, there have now have been nine incidents of female shoppers being slashed on the buttocks at retail outlets across the county.
"It's not surprising that people didn't report it back in February or whenever it took place, because many of these girls are 15, 16 years old, and didn't realize that it was something that needed police involvement," police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said, according to Patch.com.
The attacks reportedly began in February and have occurred at malls and shopping centers, with Fair Oaks Mall being the most frequent location. Several victims have suffered bleeding wounds. The victims have been in their late teens and early 20's, authorities say.
Investigators believe the suspect is using either a box cutter or a razor blade. In any case, police are convinced he will strike again unless he is caught.
Police have released video footage of a possible suspect, who's described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavyset.
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