Police are appealing for information about a person lurking near a London Underground station to bid on single women. Their request comes after three incidents near Dollis Hill in the northwestern part of the city.
Assaults took place on three consecutive weekends less than five minutes away from Dollis Hill station, where the predator allegedly stalked and groped his victims.
Scotland Yard reports that officers are treating the three attacks as connected.
23.25 Saturday, August 28, a 30-year-old woman was followed by a man and sexually assaulted on Fleetwood Road, Brent.
Another attack took place eight days later, on September 21, a 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in nearby Ellesmere Road just after noon. 22.00, but a member of the public bravely intervened, and as a result, the suspect ran away.
Six days later, a third attack also occurred in Ellesmere Road, where at 10.15pm on September 11, another 21-year-old was sexually assaulted.
As before, the suspect fled after a public member stepped in.
The description of the predator from all three victims describes the man as a mixed race, of slender build and with stubble.
In all three incidents, it is said that he was wearing dark clothes.
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The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Jonny Newell, said the attacks took place “on a weekend, at a similar time and in close proximity to both the subway and each other”.
DI Newell said: “It is clear that the perpetrator is waiting at or near the subway station for the sole purpose of seeking out women to follow to a secluded area before carrying out his attacks.
“On each occasion, the victims have managed to sound the alarm, which caused their attacker to flee the scene.
“We are incredibly grateful to the two members of the public who came to their aid.”
The detective inspector said: “Understandably all the women have been shaken and we are doing everything we can to stop this again.
“We would urge everyone living in the area to think about whether they saw anything suspicious on any of these evenings and to check any CCTV or doorbell recordings they may have.
“Sexual assaults of this kind are still very rare, but we will of course carry out additional patrols in the area over the next few weeks.
“Fighting violence against women and girls is one of the Met’s top priorities, and we are determined to prevent this man from causing further harm.”
Anyone with information please call 101 with reference to 8659 / 11SEP.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.