Fairfax County and City of Falls Church police both could be looking for the same suspect who might have been involved in two separate events.
County police said they are looking for a man who last was seen getting into the passenger side of a “white box truck” on Tuesday. He is described as Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 155 to 170 pounds.
Police said the man allegedly placed his hand under the skirt of a woman in Target, 5115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, and took a photo — a practice known as “upskirting.”
A 38-year-old Arlington woman was shopping when she felt someone or something touch underneath her skirt, near the back of her thigh, police said. She turned abruptly and saw a man jump away from her.
At the same time, she noticed a bright flash, as from a camera, police said. The man turned and walked briskly away. The victim notified Target security immediately and police were contacted. Surveillance video from the store confirms the woman’s account, according to police.
Two days later in Falls Church, a man meeting a similar description was seen in a “white van” allegedly attempting to abduct a 16-year-old girl, according to city of Falls Church police.
Police said around 6:30 p.m., the young woman was walking on the sidewalk along Haycock Road toward Leesburg Pike, on the George Mason High School side of the street.
A white Ford work van with Virginia license plates pulled alongside her at the pedestrian crosswalk. The young woman said a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 30 years old exited the van and began walking briskly toward her. According to police, the girl walked away from the subject toward the high school and pretended to talk on her cell phone. She looked back briefly to see the suspect return to the vehicle and flee the scene. The girl was not injured, police said.
County police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick would not comment as to whether the two cases are suspected to be related.
Falls Church spokeswoman Susan Finarelli said the city of Falls Church police are aware of the Fairfax County case and are attempting to determine if it could be related to their case.