For six months in 2011, a criminal the press dubbed the "Butt Slasher" menaced northern Virginia. The facts about the Virginia Butt Slasher were similar in each reported assault. While shopping, a woman would come across a man trying to pick up some clothes. Once they offered to help, they would bend over and feel a pinch on their back sides. Assuming the pain came from a poke from a hanger, they would look up to find the man gone and upon further inspection discover a gash on their behinds. After being caught in Peru more than a year later, Johnny Pimentel's actions remained without a confirmed motive. Yet authorities speculated his strange assaults - which earned him seven years in prison - stemmed from a rare sexual disorder.
It Took Almost A Year To Get Pimentel Back In The US From PeruVideo: YouTube
Pimentel, a Peruvian native, fled to his home country in late 2011 after Virginia police released his name and image to the public. Due to extradition laws in Peru, the US Marshals Service could not enter the country to track him down, so authorities had to sign and file an Interpol red notice. Authorities in Peru arrested Pimentel in January of 2012 near a mall in Lima, Peru.
It took nearly a year to complete the paperwork to process the extradition, but in December of 2012, Pimentel was eventually returned to the US for his hearing.
All Of The Victims Were Young Women In Their Teens Or 20s
The first victim was a pregnant 20-year-old woman shopping on Valentine's Day in Fair Oaks Mall. Every victim that followed was in their teens or early 20s, with some victims as young as 15 or 16 years old. Police suspected that the teenagers did not realize that what happened to them should have been reported to the authorities. The transgressions also occurred in retail shopping environments.
The final official victim count was 9, but it has been reported that as many as 13 girls and women may have been targeted.
The Assaults Were Divided Into Two Sprees
As authorities pieced together Pimentel's actions, they found two periods of activity. He nicked three women at the Fair Oaks Mall in February of 2011, followed by a fourth on March 11, 2011. Pimentel was dormant for two months before a string of five more assaults occurred from May 16 through July 25.
There were no theories about the gap in April, but it's likely that Pimentel stopped after July because the police had issued a public alert.
Police Initially Thought The Bizarre Offenses Were Isolated IncidentsVideo: YouTube
The first victim spoke with several news outlets after her assault and criticized the Fairfax police for not publicizing her experience sooner. The Butt Slasher accosted her on February 14, 2011, but police did not alert the public until late July of the same year. After the information was made public, two more women contacted police with stories of a man who cut their buttocks with a sharp object after they stopped to help him pick up clothes.
Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell told news outlets that the offenses took place over several jurisdictions, leading each department to believe the perplexing transgressions were isolated incidents.