UPDATED: Aug. 14, 2015 7:11 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WNEW/AP) — Arlington police say it’s possible that the same man is responsible for attacks on five women since late last month.
The most recent assault was Thursday night on South Frederick Street. Police say a man with a stick grabbed a woman’s wrists and dragged her toward some woods. Police say the man stole the woman’s cell phone and ran away when she screamed.
Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says all the victims have been walking alone at night in dark areas and the attacker has tried to sexually assault them.
The first assault occurred on July 25. Police say a man dragged a woman into some bushes and groped her before she got away. A suspect, pictured in the sketch above on the left, attempted to grab a 25-year-old woman by her pants before she fought him off and he fled on foot.
About a week later, another woman of an unknown age was running in Glencarlyn Park around 8:45 p.m. when she was attacked from behind and forced to the ground. The suspect, pictured in the sketch above on the right, fled when she screamed out for help.
All five women fought off their attacker and most of the women are in their mid-to-late twenties.
While some details of each suspect description differ, the first four women described their attacker as a Hispanic male.
Police aren’t ready to say it’s been the same man in each attack, but are investigating if the attacks are connected. In the meantime, they are urging women to be careful at night.
Police say anyone can report information anonymously by contacting the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).
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