“Random” slashing attacks by Hispanic man on young women of unspecified race

James P. writes:

At least the Washington Post sees fit to tell us that the suspect is a Hispanic male. Yet it also tells us that the attacks “appear random”!

Slashing at mall is fifth in Fairfax this year
By June Q. Wu, Published: July 26

A teenager shopping at XXI Forever on Monday felt a sharp pain in her backside and thought she had been pricked by a hanger. She then saw blood and realized that she had been slashed in what police say is the fifth such attack at Fairfax County shopping malls since February.

On Tuesday, Fairfax County police released additional details about a series of seemingly random slashings that began on Valentine’s Day.

In each incident, the suspect distracted the victim before slashing her with a box cutter or razor, police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. All the victims have been women in their early 20s or teenage girls, she said. [JP: What do you want to bet they’re all white?]

“The attacks do appear random,” Caldwell said. “Certainly no one would be expecting or suspecting anything like this to occur.” [LA replies: But if all the victims have been teenagers or in their early 20s, then the attacks are not random, are they? The slasher is seeking a certain type of victim.]

The victims were each slashed in the afternoon or evening, when stores are likely to be busy, she said.

In Monday’s incident, an 18-year-old was browsing the XXI Forever store in Fair Oaks Mall about 5:30 p.m. when she noticed that a man behind her was bending down to pick up clothes that had fallen off a rack, Caldwell said.

She felt a sudden pain and noticed that she was bleeding. The suspect had cut through her denim shorts and underwear, Caldwell said.

The teen suffered a superficial 1.5-inch wound, police said.

In all the attacks, the suspect was able to slice through at least two layers of clothing and break the victims’ skin, Caldwell said. Caldwell did not know how deep the wounds were, but she said none of the victims required hospital care.

Of the five attacks, three occurred at Fair Oaks Mall. The first incident, on Feb. 14, occurred near the entrance to the Champps restaurant, and another was reported May 16 in the Ann Taylor store, Caldwell said.

Police and mall authorities described the incidents as very “unusual.”

Robbie Stark, general manager at Fair Oaks Mall, said it is still safe to shop there. “It’s a very strange kind of happening,” he said. [JP: It’s still safe, because people are being stabbed but nobody has actually been killed yet. That is the new definition of “safe”!]

Stark said the mall has turned over surveillance tapes to the police for the investigation.

“In the grand scheme of things, this is very unique,” Stark said of the incidents.

The two other attacks occurred at the H&M store at Tysons Corner about 8:30 p.m. June 18 and at the Marshalls in the Greenbriar Shopping Center about 2:45 p.m June 20, according to police.

Mai Nguyen, who used to work at the H&M at Tysons Corner, said store officials at the time of the June 18 incident did not know what to make of the victim’s report. Security officials were not able to find the attacker, and the victim was not seriously injured, she said. [JP: What to make of it? A girl is stabbed, and you don’t know what to make of it? Assault with a deadly weapon is just a weird happenstance?]

“A lot of weird things happen in retail,” she said.

The suspect, who was caught on surveillance tapes, is described as a heavy-set Latino man in his late 20s, police said. He is about 5 feet 6 inches and was wearing white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt during Monday’s attack.

Caldwell said there might be other victims who have not reported similar attacks.

“This is certainly concerning, and we’re taking it very seriously,” Caldwell said. “We haven’t heard of anything like this before. This is very unusual.”

LA writes:

Notice how the story quotes people over and over saying how “unusual” the attacks are. But if James’s guess is correct that the victims are all white, and he most likely is, then the reporter in emphasizing the “unusual” quality of the attacks is covering up that that they are racial attacks.

July 30

Carl R. writes:

The reason for all the “unusuals” in the story coming from mall officials is that nonwhite crime kills malls. Throughout America there are ghost malls taking up space and being an eyesore. In Richmond, Virginia the Clover Leaf Mall closed down because blacks were doing too much loitering and shooting. Whites stopped coming and so the mall died. A new mall was built away from the ghetto.

The mall owners here know that, they need to downplay the crime to keep shoppers in the mall.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 28, 2011 09:31 AM | Send

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