(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- There appears to be a serial slasher on the loose in Fairfax, Va., who targets his female victims in one area of their bodies: their buttocks.
Fairfax County police believe that the apparent serial slasher has been using a box cutter or razor to slice women's rear ends in Fairfax County retail stores since February.
So far, six women have reported being victimized, police said, but authorities would not be surprised if more women realize that they have been victims of the same type of assault and come forward.
On Monday, Aug. 1, a sixth victim reported such an assault to Fairfax County Police. The 21-year-old woman was shopping at the T.J. Maxx at Fairfax Towne Center in Fairfax, Va., on June 8 when she felt a pinch on her buttocks. The woman did not realize that she had been the victim of a slashing until Monday, telling cops only after the attacks came to the public’s attention.
On July 25, another woman suffered the same type of assault at a Forever XXI store in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va.
According to Fairfax County Police, 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. She immediately felt a "sharp pain" and believed one of the hangers had struck her.
A short time later, the victim discovered that her denim shorts had been slashed; her buttock had been cut and was bleeding.
In each case, the suspect distracted his victim before cutting her. The victims have all been teenaged women or in their early 20s. Police don't have reason to believe there won’t be another assault and are not sure his slashings may not be isolated to Fairfax.
Gregg McCrary, a former FBI profiler for 10 years who teaches forensic psychology at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., said that the suspect may have a rare sexual disorder: piquerism.
"The offender probably derives sexual gratification from slashing or pricking or piercing women in sexually significant areas of their body," McCrary said.
He says these actions are consistent with this rare disorder because he only targets victims’ buttocks. Some piquerists “plateau off” while other transition to be more sexually violent offenders. He expresses concern due to the fact that the offender has gone beyond fantasy into physically harming women.