Serial attacker may be behind assaults: Police

Police believe a serial attacker prowled the downtown area for female victims, after two eerily similar assaults were reported.

Police believe a serial attacker prowled the downtown area for female victims, after two eerily similar assaults were reported.

A 33-year-old woman was standing outside a downtown bar Saturday night and accepted a ride from a man in a light blue truck.

She was taken to a southeast industrial area where she was attacked, but escaped relatively unharmed.

The attack bears similarities to an incident on Aug. 8, when a 30-year-old woman was offered a ride, taken to a southeast industrial area and sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, five-foot-nine, 150 pounds, with an average build, balding wavy light brown hair in a mullet, with a moustache and grey eyes. He was wearing oval-shaped glasses, a baseball cap, a green t-shirt and blue jeans.

The older-model flatbed truck, possibly a Dodge or Ford, has a dirty grey interior, manual transmission, bucket seats and a metallic diamond-shaped cover on the back window.

Police won’t say where the victims were picked up, only that the locations were very close in proximity.

Authorities won’t confirm whether either of the victims are sex trade workers, EPS spokeswoman Patrycia Thenu said.

“No matter what your occupation is, it’s a very bad idea to accept rides from strangers,” she said.