FCPD Detectives Following Up on Serial Groper Tips

Since releasing video of a possible suspect, police have been following leads to catch the the man allegedly responsible for 24 simple assaults.

A week after releasing surveillance video of a potential suspect in the series of Springfield assaults, Fairfax County Police Department detectives are still following up on some of the phone calls they received, said PIO Lucy Caldwell.

Caldwell said FCPD didn't receive an overwhelming amount of phone calls after the video was released; however, detectives are also following other viable leads they've received throughout the investigation.

A series of Springfield assaults have been occurring since early September of last year. The suspect is approaching women of different ages and races from behind, grabbing them and fleeing. Police have not specified where on the body the victims were touched during the assaults. The latest incident occurred March 28 in the HomeGoods located in Kingstowne.

See: Police Release Video of Potential Serial Groper Suspect

The 24 incidents are categorized as "simple assaults," according to the Commonwealth of Virginia, explained Captain Jim Baumstark — Franconia District Police Station commander — during a community meeting last month.

Baumstark explained that the incidents are not sexual assaults because there is no evidence that the suspect is getting any sexual gratification from grabbing the victims.

Crime Solvers is currently offering its standard reward of $100-$1,000 cash for information that leads to an arrest and indictment, said PFC Shelley Broderick. At the community meeting in March, one resident suggested increasing the amount of the reward.

Broderick, the Crime Solvers coordinator, explained in an email to Patch that the reward amount doesn't increase due to the organization's bylaws and laws regarding rewards with anonymity.

"The higher amounts, such as the $1,000 reward, are typically paid out for major crimes, such as homicide," Broderick said. "You will find this the standard practice with most all Crime Solver programs around the world, as we all follow the same basic guidelines and bylaws."

When private rewards are offered, however, they can be advertised through Crime Solvers if all terms and conditions are met, Broderick said.

Anyone with information about the series of Springfield assaults should call 703-691-2131 or contact Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.

See a map of the incidents here.

The dates and locations of the groping incidents are:

  1. Sept. 7 at approximately 8:30 a.m. around the 7200 block of Monticello Boulevard
  2. Sept. 9  or Sept. 13 at approximately 7:30 p.m. around Cumberland Drive and Dinwiddie Street
  3. Sept. 18 at approximately 2:45 p.m. around the 6700 block of Metropolitan Center Drive
  4. Sept. 19 around Hibbling Avenue and Exmore Street
  5. Sept. 27 at approximately 9 a.m. around the 5900 block of Erving Street
  6. Oct. 2 at approximately 7:15 p.m. around the Hibbling Avenue and Exmore Street
  7. Oct. 25 at approximately 9:30 a.m. around Lake Pleasant Drive and Edinburgh Drive
  8. Nov. 1 at approximately 4 p.m. around the 7200 block of Commerce Street
  9. Nov. 1 at approximately 4:30 p.m. around the 6000 block of Hibbling Avenue
  10. Nov. 19 at approximately 6 p.m. around the 7200 block of Commerce Street
  11. Nov. 21 at approximately 1:20 p.m. around Amherst Avenue and Cumberland Avenue
  12. Dec. 11 at approximately 10:28 a.m. around the Blarney Stone Drive near Omega Court
  13. Dec. 13 at approximately 9 a.m. on Floyd Avenue and Erving Street
  14. Dec. 13 at approximately 5:45 p.m. around the 6000 block of Hibbling Avenue
  15. Jan. 3, at approximately 5:45 p.m. around Patriot Court and Briarwood Court
  16. Jan. 30, at approximately 3:10 p.m. Dinwiddie Street near Dana Avenue
  17. Jan. 30, at approximately 3:35 p.m. Backlick Road and Cabin John Road/I-495 underpass
  18. Feb. 6, at approximately 5 p.m., 6600 block of Grey Fox Drive
  19. Feb. 26, around 6:30 p.m., Amherst Avenue near Cumberland Avenue
  20. Feb. 28, around 5 p.m., 5900 block of Dinwiddie Street
  21. March 1, around 11:45 a.m., Floyd Avenue near Hanover Street
  22. March 12, 7 p.m., 6400 block of Franconia Court
  23. March 14, 3 p.m., Bauer Road near Old Keene Mill Road
  24. March 28, around 3 p.m., 5900 block of Kingstowne Towne Center (in HomeGoods)

See also:

Police Release Video of Potential Serial Groper Suspect

Possible 24th Report Made in Series of Springfield Assaults, Police Say

Serial Groper Attacks Spark Interest in Free Self Defense Class in Springfield

Franconia District Commander: Serial Groper Victims 'Traumatized'

More Than 200 Pack Serial Groper Meeting Thursday Night in Springfield

Serial Groper Attacks for the 23rd Time, Hours Before Police Meeting Thursday Night

Police Investigate Possible 22nd Assault in Serial Groper Attacks

Thursday: Serial Groper Incidents the Topic of Public Meeting with Police

Police Still in Search of Suspect in Serial Groping Incidents

Serial Groper Strikes Again, 18th Incident Wednesday

Serial Groper Strikes Again, Incidents Now Number 17


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