Three women sexually assaulted in Norfolk, police search for suspect

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 5:34 AM

NORFOLK -- Police are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted three women in Norfolk in less than two weeks.

Two victims came forward after a woman reported being sexually assaulted twice by the same man as she walked near Colley Ave. and Brambleton Ave.

Police say the first attack occurred in the 2100 block of Hampton Boulevard around 11 a.m. on July 29. The woman was jogging near the railroad overpass when the man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her, police said. The victim was able to fend off the attacker and she ran away.

The second victim was sexually assaulted twice by the same suspect on Aug. 8. The first attack happened as she walked near Colley Ave. and Brambleton Ave. around 8:30 a.m., said Officer Daniel Hudson.

She got away after the assault and was attacked again about 20 minutes later when she got to the railroad overpass at 21st Street at Hampton Blvd., he added.  The suspect took off towards the 900 block of 21st Street when the woman started screaming.

The third victim was attacked around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of York Street and Brambleton Ave. She was walking with her dog when the man approached and asked if he could pet the animal. Police say as the suspect approached, he grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to fend off her attacker and he fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5’6” – 5’8”, medium build, with bushy sandy brown or blonde hair, and bushy facial hair.

Someone matching the description was spotted by Norfolk sanitation workers near Colley and Brambleton avenues Tuesday.  EVMS sent a text alert to students and employees asking them to be on the lookout for the suspect. 

EVMS text alert says suspect in sexual assault spotted nearby

Meantime, police are looking for a man they say may have information about the attacks. In video police have, the man is seen walking down Voss St. off Brambleton Ave. on Tuesday morning. Authorities stress the man is not wanted for a crime, but officers would like to talk to him.

People in Ghent say they’re shocked to hear how brazen the attacks have been.

"I think all women should be on guard," said one lady. "I can’t believe it’s happening during the middle of the day, said her companion.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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