Breaking News: Image Released of ‘Serial Slasher’, Victim Tell’s Her Story | Local, News

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) — One of the “Serial Slasher’s” victims told her story to 9 News Now Thursday morning.

The victim says she was visibly pregnant when she was attacked in February exiting the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax.

She says the attacker left her with a deep three inch gash on her buttocks.

She tells other women to be aware of surroundings and don’t go shopping alone.

She also wished police told public about her attack six months ago.

Fairfax County Police have released new, significantly clearer images of a man investigators believe has been slashing young women on their buttocks at local retail stores and malls.

There have been five attacks in Northern Virginia since February including three at the Fair Oaks Mall. Other assaults happened at the Greenbriar Shopping Center and at Tysons Corner Center.

Investigators believe the suspect is using either a box cutter or a razor blade. In any case, police are convinced he will strike again unless he is caught.

“It is an unusual case,” said Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

The newly released surveillance photographs show the suspect is Hispanic, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and heavy-set. He allegedly distracts his young female victims while they shop and then, he strikes his target.

“It’s disconcerting, it is painful and you feel that your space has been violated. It’s a form of assault,” said Caldwell.

A criminal profiler tells 9NEWS NOW that the suspect may have a sexual disorder called piquerism. It’s a form of sadomasochism in which one finds sexual gratification by cutting or stabbing a person in a sexually significant area.

“We were a little surprised and it’s definitely a unique thing. It’s nothing that would fall in a normal category,” said Robbie Stark, the General Manager at Fair Oaks Mall.

At Fair Oaks, where the most recent attack targeted an 18 year-old victim, security remains tight. Women have called the mall, including parents.

“They’re concerned, obviously. I’m always more than willing to talk with them and explain what we know and what we’re doing. And it’s still a very safe place to be,” said Stark.

In surveillance photos, the suspect wears different clothing, but one item remains a constant: the large white watch on his left arm.

Police hope someone recognizes the suspect. The profiler said he may have tried this behavior with a wife or girlfriend and was rejected, so now, he’s now targeting strangers.

DC Residents “Celebrate” Haynesworth Exit

ESPN.com —- Before defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could get to training camp and take his conditioning test, the Washington Redskins traded him to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, according to league sources.

Haynesworth still must pass his physical, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday morning that the trade was not yet completed.

“I talked to [Redskins coach] Mike Shanahan last night and we’re in the process of acquiring Haynesworth, but that’s not complete yet, so I can’t really comment on that at this point until it’s completed — if it does get completed,” Belichick said during a news conference. “So, we’ll see how that goes.”

Haynesworth clashed repeatedly with Shanahan and frequently skipped workouts. Shanahan suspended him for the final four games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team.

The 30-year-old Haynesworth was at his best when playing in the 4-3 scheme as a Tennessee Titan and seemed to prefer that over the Redskins’ 3-4 defense.

The Patriots, though, run plenty of multiple fronts, and Haynesworth lends needed help along their defensive line for a reduced price.

The former Pro Bowl player’s base salary for the coming season is $5 million. He is two years into a seven-year, $100 million contract that the Redskins signed him to in 2009, which included a then-NFL record $41 million in guaranteed money.

He played only 20 games with the Redskins, recording 6½ sacks.

Well, bye! Now you can go be some other team’s headache. All the assault charges, road rages, and quiting… arguments with Coach… not worth it, he costs to much to be such a major headache.

Walter Reed Closing After 102 Years Helping Troops | News

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army’s flagship hospital where privates to presidents have gone for care, is closing its doors after more than a century.

Hundreds of thousands of the nation’s war wounded from World War I to today have received treatment at Walter Reed, including 18,000 troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Dwight Eisenhower died there. So did Gens. John J. Pershing and Douglas MacArthur.

It’s where countless celebrities, from Bob Hope to quarterback Tom Brady, have stopped to show their respect to the wounded.

Through the use of medical diplomacy, the center also has tended to foreign leaders.

The storied hospital, which opened in 1909, was scarred by a 2007 scandal about substandard living conditions on its grounds for wounded troops in outpatient care and the red tape they faced. It led to improved care for the wounded, at Walter Reed and throughout the military. By then, however, plans were moving forward to close Walter Reed’s campus.

Two years earlier, a government commission, noting that Walter Reed was showing its age, voted to close the facility and consolidate its operations with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and a hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., to save money.

Former and current patients and staff members said goodbye at a ceremony Wednesday on the parade grounds in front of the main concrete and glass hospital complex. Most of the moving will occur in August. On Sept. 15, the Army hands over the campus to the new tenants: the State Department and the District of Columbia. The buildings on campus deemed national historic landmarks will be preserved; others probably will be torn down.

The city is expected to develop its section for retail and other uses.
“For many of the staff members, even though they know that this is the future of the military health system, in a way, it’s still like losing your favorite uncle, and so there is a certain amount of mourning that is going on and it is an emotional time,” said Col. Norvell Coots, commander of the Walter Reed Health Care System.

The new facility will be called the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It will consolidate many of Walter Reed’s current offerings with the Navy hospital.

Read the entire story HERE

Two Women Shot on Minnesota Ave, Non Life Threatening Injuries | News

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) — DC police are investigating a double shooting in Southeast after two women showed up at a local hospital with gun shot wounds.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW the women claim they were shot on Minnesota Avenue. Police cannot say how they made it to the hospital, but both of them were conscious when they arrived at United Medical Center around 3:18 Wednesday morning.  Police say their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

Right now there is no description available of any possible suspects in the shooting. Police are canvasing in the area of the 2300 block Minnesota Avenue for evidence.

West Nile Virus Identified In DC Mosquitoes | News

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) — The West Nile Virus has been identified for the first time this summer in Washington, DC Department of Health (DOH) officials said in a news release.

“Residents should take caution as mosquitoes have the potential to
transmit West Nile Virus to humans, and it is important for
residents to take the necessary steps to avoid contracting the virus,” DOH officials said.

Senior citizens and people with weak immune systems are considered high risk for suffering the worst from the disease, officials said.

“People with a higher risk of infection should wear long-sleeved shirts,
long pants, and apply insect repellent with DEET or other mosquito
repellents to exposed skin according to manufacturer’s directions. For
children, use a product with DEET concentration of less than 30%,” officials said in a news release.

DOH officials also offered this advice to avoid creating a “mosquito haven” near your home: 


The majority of mosquito prevention begins with the resident. Residents should follow the below tips in order to assist in the eradication of mosquitoes in and around their neighborhoods.


Tips Residents Can Use to Reduce Mosquitoes in Their Area:
1. Dispose of cans, bottles and open containers properly. Store items for recycling in covered containers.
2. Remove discarded tires. Drill drainage holes in tires used on playground equipment.
3. Clean roof gutters and downspouts regularly. Eliminate standing water from flat roofs.
4. Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, and canoes when not in use.
5. Cover waste containers with tight-fitting lids; never allow lids or cans to accumulate water.
6. Flush bird baths and potted plant trays twice each week.
7. Adjust tarps over grills, firewood piles, boats or swimming pools to eliminate small pockets of water from standing several days.
8. Re-grade low areas where water stands; clean debris in ditches to eliminate standing water in low spots.
9. Maintain swimming pools, clean and chlorinate them as needed, aerate garden ponds and treat with “mosquito dunks” found at hardware stores.
10. Fix dripping water faucets outside and eliminate puddles from air conditioners.
11. Store pet food and water bowls inside when not in use.


For more information about this topic, please visit doh.dc.gov; http://www.cdc.gov, or call the WNV Call Center at 202-535-2323.

Breaking News: Man Responsible For Slashing Women in Malls, Northern VA | News

UPDATED (7.26)

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) — A man is following young women in Northern Virginia retail stores, slashing them with a blade, then “slipping away,” police said.

The latest reported incident happened at the Fair Oaks Mall, in the “Forever 21” store Monday, at around 5:30 p.m., police said.

“The 18-year-old victim was shopping when she noticed clothes that had fallen off of a rack behind her and saw a man bending down to pick them up,” police said.

The victim felt a sharp pain and thought a hanger had struck her in the backside, police said.

“A short time later, she discovered her denim shorts had been slashed; her buttocks had been cut and were bleeding,” Fairfax County Police said in a news release.

Police say four other similar attacks have taken place in Fairfax County in retail stores since February.

There was an incident at the Marshall’s store in the Greenbriar Shopping Center on June 20th at around 2:45 p.m., police said.

The victims are all either teenaged women or in their early 20’s.

“The suspect is described as hispanic, late 20’s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and heavy-set. He wore white shorts and a short-sleeved shirt in the July 25 assault,” police said.

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(via NBC Washington

One man may be responsible for stabbing at least five women in the butt, according to Fairfax County police.

In the most recent attack, a woman in her early 20s was shopping at Forever 21 inside the Fair Oaks Mall at 5:30 p.m. Monday when she was distracted by clothing falling over. Then suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her butt and realized she’d been stabbed through her jeans.

The atttacks began in February. In each attack, the victims have been women in their late teens or early 20s at retail stores, but not always at malls. In each case, the stabbing follows some sort of distraction.

Four attacks have been reported in the Fair Oaks area and one in McLean.

President Obama: Default Would Be Reckless, Irresponsible | News

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the only ones standing in the way of a balanced compromise to the nation’s debt crisis are those Republicans in Congress who are insisting only on spending cuts.

Appealing to the nation in a televised address Monday night, Obama said the nation is growing dangerously close to default. He warned that would be what he called a “reckless and irresponsible” outcome to the debate.

The nation will run out of ability to borrow money and pay its existing bills after Aug. 2 if a deal is not reached by then to extend the nation’s debt limit.

Republicans and Democrats have put forth competing last-minute deals. It is unclear how or whether a compromise will happen.

 

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