Neighborhood on alert for sexual predator

Neighborhood on alert for sexual predator
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 6:51am

It's being described by police as an unusual crime and something that doesn't typically happen in El Paso but a sexual predator has burglarizing homes and assaulting women in the Manhattan Heights District, according to police.

Police said three women have been assaulted and the predator in a failed attempt tried to assault a fourth woman.

"They've all been during the night," said El Paso Police Sgt. Chris Mears.

Mears said the suspect is described as Hispanic, about 30 years of age, with tattoos on his neck and arm and also scratches to his face.

"It's nerve racking and it's definitely disconcerting," said area resident Cathy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has lived in the Manhattan Heights Neighborhood for 16 years and typically walks the neighborhood with her kids later in the evening but now her husband suggested they take their evening stroll earlier in the afternoon.

"We heard about the attacks and assaults that have been going on in our neighborhood so we decided to take our walks a little earlier before it got dark," she said.

Police are advising residents to not answer their doors for somebody they don't know and are also asking residents to report any strange activity.

Mears said they have several detectives on the case and are working on putting together a composite sketch of the suspect.

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