Suspect Tied to Sex Assault, 2 Attempts in South Bay

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    NBC 7's Danya Bacchus talks with residents following reports of a bold attempted sexual assault on a girl in their community. (Published Saturday, Jul 26, 2014)

     A suspect who sexually assaulted a woman Friday in San Diego’s South Bay has been linked to two other attempts, according to police.

    At 1:20 a.m., the latest victim was walking from her car on the 4500 block of Riviera Shores Street in Ocean Crest when she was grabbed from behind.

    The woman who was in her 20s was walking home when someone came up behind her, grabbed her by the waist and tried to pull down her pants.

    The man wasn't able to because the woman was wearing shorts and tights.

    She fought back using pepper spray and the suspect ran off, police said.

    The victim described her attacker as wearing a dark blue or black zip-up, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

    Investigators believe this encounter is tied to two others near the 1200 block of Dennery Road: one on April 14 and the second on May 13.

    In both instances, a suspect tried to sexually assault female victims but ran away when they screamed.

    Police say the suspect is a man between 25 and 30 years old, stands about 5-foot-9 with a thin build and thick eyebrows. In the previous cases, victims say he wore a blue, hooded sweatshirt, grey pants and white tennis shoes.

    The SDPD re-released a composite sketch of the May 13 suspect in hopes that someone will recognize the man and report him.

    If you have information about these cases, call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210.