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Dallas police believe the same man who sexually assaulted two women in September committed a third assault Tuesday in northeast Dallas.
A woman was attacked at about 4 p.m. in the Wildflower Apartments, located in the 6000 block of Pineland Drive, after a man knocked on her door and said he was looking for work, police said.
The man then forced his way into her home, displayed a weapon and sexually assaulted the woman. A child was home at the time of the attack but was unharmed, Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said at a news conference Wednesday.
Police sketch of a suspect in two aggravated sexual assaults in Far North Dallas. Police believe the same man sexually assaulted a third woman in northeast Dallas on Oct. 30.
Police described the suspect as a black male between 16 and 18 years old who is about 5-8 and 140 pounds. The suspect had a box fade haircut and a mark on his wrist, police said. He was wearing black pants, a black T-shirt with a red-and-white logo on the front, a black rain jacket, and red-and-black athletic shoes.
Castro said police believe the same man sexually assaulted two other women in their Far North Dallas apartments in September because of similarities in the three attacks. In each one, the attacker knocked on the door of an apartment, soliciting money or work, displayed a weapon and forced his way inside.
The Tuesday attack occurred roughly 8 miles from the other two, police said.
The chief urged residents to call police if they had any information, even if they weren’t sure whether it was important.
"Please call. Let my detectives take that information — let them vet it," Castro said. "It may turn out to be nothing, but it may be that lead that moves these cases in the right direction."
He also encouraged apartment maintenance staff to be on the lookout for anyone roaming the area. Police were looking for surveillance video from nearby businesses, but Castro said they hadn’t found anything by Wednesday.
Castro said police didn’t believe the attacks were connected to women being attacked while jogging on trails in Tarrant County.
The attacks in September occurred Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, less than a mile apart. On Sept. 12, a woman was assaulted after a man knocked on the door of her apartment in the 14200 block of Dallas Parkway. The man asked for a donation, then pushed his way into the apartment and attacked her.
In that attack, the suspect was described as a 16- or 17-year-old black male, who is 5-8 and 120 pounds. He was wearing khaki pants and a white polo shirt. Police said at the time that he may have had a visible injury to his wrist.
On Sept. 19, a man with a similar description assaulted a woman after he knocked on her door in the 14100 block of Montfort Drive. In that case, he told the woman he was looking for work, then forced his way inside her apartment and attacked her.
That attacker was described as a 17- to 19-year-old black male who was 5-8, with a thin build. He was wearing dark pants and a blue jacket, police said then.
The man displayed a weapon in both of the attacks in Far North Dallas. Police said they didn’t believe he left in a vehicle in any of the offenses.
Anyone with any information about the attacks may contact Detective Brandi Kramer at 214-671-3613 or email@example.com or Detective Todd Haecker at 214-671-3610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.