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June 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Seattle police ask help to find man who grabbed, groped women

Seattle police are asking the public’s help in the search for a man who may have attacked several women in South Seattle.

In the most recent incident, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a woman was outside her apartment near 36th Avenue South and South Oregon Street when she heard someone running up the stairs behind her.

A man wearing a mask approached, put his hand over her mouth, told her to be quiet, and then groped her. The woman fell to the ground and screamed for help, and the suspect fled. A neighbor who heard her screams called 911.

Officers and a police dog were unable to find the man.

Sexual-assault detectives are trying to determine whether the incident was related to three other recent cases.

In those incidents, a masked man approached women outside their homes, grabbed them, and fled when the women fought back. Victims in those cases said their attacker was a black male, 18-29 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 140-160 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, a black or dark blue coat  or hooded sweatshirt and black or dark blue cargo pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit, 206-684-5575.

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