AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they are investigating four sexual assault cases in North Austin, but they can’t say if all the cases involve the same suspect(s).
The department’s Sex Crimes Unit says the four attacks happened in common areas: the parking lot, a walkway corridor and stairwell of their apartment complexes. Police say the incidents happened at Highway 290 near US 183, Duval Road near Floral Park and on Northgate Boulevard–the exact locations have not been released.
Authorities say the suspect attacked the women from behind, forced them to the ground and either attempted to or sexually assaulted the victims. The suspect covered his face to prevent the victims from being able to see him. Police do not know if he is armed or if there is more than one suspect.
Date & Time of Incidents
- Dec. 27, 2015 approximately 6 p.m.
- Jan. 17, 2016 approximately 6:30 a.m.
- Jan. 18, 2016 approximately 9 p.m.
- Jan. 23, 2016 approximately 5:40 p.m.
The attacker is described by Austin police as a White or Hispanic male, around 5’9″ and of average build. They say he is an English speaker.
Anyone with information on the incidents are asked to contact APD’s Sex Crime Unit tip line at 512-974-5230. Detectives say they do not have any additional information to provide, but want the public to be aware of their surroundings.
On Jan. 14, a woman jogging in Cedar Park was attacked by a man, who grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. On Jan. 18, another woman jogging near the Austin Community College Riverside campus was also assaulted. Neither attacker was caught by police. Cedar Park police told KXAN Thursday it’s too early to make a connection with the Austin incidents.
Police were able to retrieve surveillance video from the ACC campus showing the possible suspect from the Jan. 18 incident. You can see the person at the four second mark.