Police issue warning after two Mayfair sexual attacks

Po­lice is­sued a warn­ing last Thursday that an armed sexu­al pred­at­or may be roam­ing the streets of May­fair.

Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit de­tect­ives be­lieve that the same as­sail­ant is re­spons­ible for one sexu­al as­sault as well as an at­temp­ted as­sault in re­cent weeks. The at­tacks tar­geted wo­men in their 20s and oc­curred about six blocks apart.

On Fri­day, April 25, at about 11:45 p.m., a 23-year-old wo­man was walk­ing along the 3300 block of Tyson Ave. when an un­known man ap­proached her from be­hind, placed an un­known ob­ject to her neck and forced her in­to a rear drive­way between Tyson and Dis­ston Street, where he sexu­ally as­saul­ted her, then fled.

On Sat­urday, May 17, a 29-year-old wo­man was walk­ing in a drive­way be­hind homes on the 3200 block of Wel­ling­ton St. when a man ap­proached her from be­hind, grabbed her by the neck and pushed her for­ward. As the wo­man screamed, the at­tack­er placed an un­known ob­ject to her neck and tried to re­move her cloth­ing. The dis­turb­ance at­trac­ted the at­ten­tion of a neigh­bor, who chased the as­sail­ant to Row­land Av­en­ue be­fore he es­caped.

The at­tack­er was de­scribed as either a white man or a black man with a light com­plex­ion. He’s in his 20s, about 6 feet tall and has a me­di­um build. In both in­stances, he wore a black hood­ie and black sweat­pants. Vic­tims saw no tat­toos or dis­tin­guish­ing marks on his skin.

Call the Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit at 215-685-3251 to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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