Police release sketch of park rape suspect

In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that he may be linked to a sim­il­ar sexu­al as­sault last month.

Phil­adelphia po­lice have re­leased new in­form­a­tion about an Aug. 3 rape in Pennypack Park, in­clud­ing a com­pos­ite sketch of the rap­ist and a con­nec­tion between him and a pri­or sex as­sault in the same area.

As re­por­ted pre­vi­ously in the North­east Times, the un­known at­tack­er has been de­scribed as white, 25 to 35 years old, 5-feet-9-inches tall and thin. He has a fair com­plex­ion and red­dish/brown closely cut hair, along with a closely cut mous­tache and beard.

He has been seen driv­ing a new­er white pickup truck of an un­known mod­el with a lad­der and lad­der racks.

On Wed­nes­day, Aug. 3, at about 2:30 a.m., he al­legedly ap­proached a wo­man on the 6900 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. in Ta­cony, struck up a con­ver­sa­tion with her and offered to drive her to her nearby home.

The wo­man ac­cep­ted the of­fer.

In­stead of tak­ing her home, however, the man drove about two miles to the 8100 block of Cresco Ave. where he dragged the wo­man from his truck in­to the park, punched her mul­tiple times and sexu­ally as­saul­ted her. He threatened her and ordered her not to seek help as he fled the area, po­lice said.

The wo­man used a mo­bile phone to call 911.

Last week, po­lice said that a sim­il­ar at­tack in­volving a vehicle oc­curred on Ju­ly 16 at 2:30 a.m. at 8000 Cresco Ave. In both cases, the vic­tims were in their 20s and sup­plied sim­il­ar de­scrip­tions of their at­tack­ers.

Since the Aug. 3 in­cid­ent, in­vest­ig­at­ors have fo­cused on the Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue area to seek in­form­a­tion about pos­sible sus­pects from wo­men seen walk­ing the street at night­time.

Call the spe­cial vic­tims unit at 215-685-3251 or 3252 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the cases. ••

You can reach at noreply@bsmphilly.com.

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