FRANCONIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating two assaults in Franconia that occurred on Tuesday in the same area within hours of each other.
The first incident took place in the area of Briarleigh Way and Crestleigh Way at approximately 10:14 a.m. Tuesday when a 30-year-old woman was inappropriately touched by a man who then ran off, police said.
The second incident occurred near Backlick Road and Highland Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 23-year-old woman was grabbed from behind by a man who also ran off, police said.
The suspect in the first incident is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late 20's, approximately 5'10" to 6' and 170 pounds. He was seen wearing a white shirt and light colored pants. The suspect in the second incident is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5'8" tall and skinny. He was wearing a black, short sleeve shirt and black jean shorts, police said.
Police believe these two assaults are separate cases with different suspects. Investigators do not believe they are linked to the 24 groping cases that have hit the area since early September.
Residents say women may be targets because of the foot traffic in the area, but people are still walking in the area. They're not holed up in their homes because of the assaults but they are attending self- defense classes. Business has been booming with more women learning how to protect themselves.
If you have any information on these incidents, call Police at 703-691-2131.