WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — D.C. police are investigating whether the same man is responsible for four late-night stabbing attacks on women.

Three of the attacks in the Petworth area of the city are believed to be connected based on the time of day they occurred and their proximity to each other, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wednesday at a news conference briefing the media and public on the string of attacks.

The first attack occurred May 5 in the 400 block of Emerson Street NW, and the other three occurred this month.

The most recent one took place just after midnight Wednesday, when a woman walking in the 1100 block of Allison Street NW was approached from behind and tackled to the ground. Police say the man took out a sharp object, cut her and then ran off.

Lanier said all four of the female victims were attacked from behind as they walked alone after 10 p.m. They were each cut with a sharp object, but their injuries aren’t life-threatening. The man fled as soon as the women screamed.

The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male with a light to medium complexion, short brown hair, and is 5-feet-8-inches to 6-feet-1-inches tall, with a slim athletic build.

Three of the attacks occurred near Sherman Circle in the Petworth neighborhood and the other was on Adams Street near Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park.

The map below marks the locations of the four attacks:

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

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