Virginia police search for man who slashed women's buttocks at several DC area malls.
Police in northern Virginia are on the lookout for a man accused of carrying out a string of bizarre attacks.
The man has slashed at least five women on the buttocks according to Fairfax County police.
In the most recent attack, an 18-year-old woman was shopping at Forever 21 inside the Fair Oaks Mall at 5:30 p.m. Monday when she was distracted by clothing falling over.
She told police that she suddenly felt a sharp pain and realized she'd been cut through her denim shorts with a box cutter or razor.
The attacks began in February.
In each attack, the victims have been women in their late teens or early 20s at retail stores.
The slashings usually follow some sort of distraction.
Before the victim realizes what has happened, the attacker has calmly walked away without creating a scene, police said.
In one incident the victim was inside the mall but in the open area, not inside a store, when the slasher bumped into her to distract her.
"Because it's such an unusual thing, no one would ever expect something like that to occur," said Lucy Caldwell of the Fairfax County police. "They may be walking along and put their hand to their backside and feel it."
Before the Forever 21 attack, the most recent slashing happened at the Marshall's in the Greenbriar Shopping Center on June 20.
Two other attacks have been reported at Fair Oaks Mall and the other took place at the H&M at Tysons Corner.
None of the victims suffered serious injuries or required stitches.
Monday's victim had a wound about an inch-and-a-half long.