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Police: Springfield, Va., Serial Groper Strikes 13th Time As 23-Year-Old Jogger is Attacked

5:59 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- Back-to-back groping incidents have residents in Springfield on edge. Police believe a 23-year-old woman is the 13th victim of the so-called serial Springfield Groper. It happened along Floyd Avenue near Erving Street at around 9 a.m.Thursday.

Fairfax County Police had been patrolling in the area when the groper attacked. They responded within seconds of getting the call, but they were still too late. The groper disappeared running up the street on Floyd Avenue.

9News talked to an eyewitness who didn't want to be identified and who saw the whole incident.

"She always walks fast I saw the guy two blocks from here. He touched her butt. When he saw me, he run fast, he touched the girl and ran away. Very fast," said the eyewitness.

Residents are aware by now of the serial Springfield Groper and keeping a watchful eye. Police have been canvassing the area and making sure residents know what to look out for.

Mark Mathewson, one resident, said, "Thankfully he's not graduated to anything different but this is extremely heinous. We need to get him caught because it has everyone very much on edge."

Even the mail carrier on Hibbling Avenue a few blocks away keeps the sketch of the suspect on his overhead visor. HIbble Avenue is where many of the 13 such incidents matching the description have occurred. But on Wednesday morning, the groper went out of the usual territory a few miles away in West Springfield on Blarney Stone Drive and attacked a 49-year-old woman who was jogging.

But police say the groper returned to Springfield, the next day, Thursday morning to attack his 13th victim.

"I'm scared more for the kids," Mathewson. "He seems to strike and run, and it's very difficult despite police best effort to find him."

The groper has been known to wear a red baseball cap but the latest incident police say he wore a dark knit cap, faded green jeans. He's described as a Hispanic man around 5'6" - 5'9" with a close-cut beard.

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