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KFDM gets close up view of increased police presence following string of sexual assaults likely linked to one attacker
BEAUMONT - KFDM News got a close up view of the increased police presence following three sexual assaults investigators say are likely linked to one attacker.
Watch KFDM News at 6 to see what police are doing to catch an attacker Beaumont officers say may be responsible for three sexual assaults of women in the north end of town.
Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man possibly connected to three separate sexual assaults in the north end of town.
The first assault was in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 5. At about 12:25 a.m., a woman pulled into the parking lot of the Regent Apartments in the 1800 block of Regent Street. She got out of her car and turned around to reach for something in the back seat. The man caught her without warning as he approached from behind. He robbed her of money and her cell phone, assaulted her in the parking lot, and then ran away.
The second assault was in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 24. At about 1:55 a.m., a woman stepped out of a friend's apartment in the back parking lot of the Ashley Square Apartments in the 1100 block of 7th Street. As the woman was making a phone call, the attacker caught her without warning while he approached her from behind. He stole her phone and forced her into a patio area of an apartment. He assaulted her in the fenced-in patio area and then ran away.
The third assault was in the late evening hours of Wednesday, July 2. At about 11:05 p.m., a woman was inside her apartment at the Autumn Cove apartment complex in the 3900 block of Eastex Freeway. She was watching television and had the front door to the apartment slightly cracked open. The attacker entered the unsecured apartment, tried to take her money and then assaulted her inside the apartment. He ran away when the victim was able to escape and yell for help.
The victims in these assaults provided similar descriptions of the attacker, which leads detectives to believe the same man possibly committed them.
Victims described the attacker as a black man, early to mid twenty's, about 5'09" - 5'10" tall, thin build, clean shaven with dark skin. They said that he had distinctive eyes, which they described as large and bulging, as well as a distinctive wide flat nose.
In each assault, he wore a grey sweatshirt described as a hoodie. During two of the assaults, he wore a dark colored cap with fur on the brim and earflaps that hung down. In one of the assaults, he wore a dark colored ski style hat.
In all three assaults, he threatened the victims with a dark handgun.
Police urge all citizens to be on the lookout for the man. If anyone has information that could lead to the identity of the man, police ask that they call the Special Crimes Unit at 880-3840.
You can also provide an anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.
Safety tips to minimize risk:
Pay attention to your surroundings
Lock your home and car doors
Be careful posting too much personal information on social media
Trust your instincts.
Avoid situations that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
Carry a charged cell phone and let someone you trust know your whereabouts