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