Sacto 9-1-1
July 31, 2008
Suspect targets young women walking alone in midtown area

Police are alerting the public about two sexual assaults that have occurred in the midtown area.

The first occurred about 3 a.m. July 5 near 24th and E streets, the second about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday near 26th and E streets, according to a Police Department news release.

In each case, the victim was a young adult woman who was walking alone, the release says. The attacker walked up to the victim from behind and put his arm around her neck in a chokehold, it says. He then fondled her breasts and attempted to take her pants off, according to the release.

The women fought back, the release says, prompting the attacker to run off, but in the first incident, he put a black handgun to the woman's head.

The attacker was described as a black man in his early 20s, about 5-foot-6 and a stocky build. The release says he has large eyes and a round face. He was waring a baseball cap, dark gray T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about these assaults is urged to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

-- Bee Metro Staff

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