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A man Fairfax County police think is responsible for cutting several young women across their buttocks with a box cutter at least eight times last year at local shopping malls now is in police custody.

On Wednesday, Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel, 41, was arrested in Lima, Peru, and handed over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, who transported him to Fairfax County on Thursday, where he remains in custody at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

“We could not have accomplished this without the help of Peruvian officials and the U.S. Marshal’s Service,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Eddy Azcarate.

Police said Pimentel has been charged with six counts of malicious wounding, two counts of attempted malicious wounding, and one count of forging a public document.

Each count of malicious wounding and attempted malicious wounding is a Class 3 felony and carries a potential sentence of five to 20 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

According to police, between Feb. 11, 2011 and July 25, 2011, five of the slashing victims were cut while shopping at Fair Oaks Mall, two at Tysons Corner Center, one at Fairfax Towne Center, and one at Greenbriar Shopping Center in Chantilly. In each case, a man allegedly distracted his victims before cutting them across their rears with a sharp object. The attacks stopped in September 2011 after several media reports identified the suspect to be Pimentel.

All eight victims were girls or women in their teens or early 20s. The oldest was 25, police said. None of the injuries were reported to have been severe enough to require hospitalization. No attorney or court scheduling information for Pimentel has yet been made available.

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com