Police seek suspect in two Deep Ellum sexual assaults

Police seek ID of sexual assault suspect

DALLAS - Police in Dallas have reached out to the public as they seek a suspect in two sexual assaults that occurred early Saturday morning in the Deep Ellum area.

Authorities released surveillance video containing images of a male believed to be a suspect in both assaults. 

"This suspect is responsible for two sexual assault attacks on two victims within a relatively short time span," read a statement from Dallas police. "We need to get him off the streets."

The first attack occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday after the suspect met the victim at a Deep Ellum bar.

"He befriended her, gave her a false sense of security, was nice to her, gave her a ride home and that's when the attack occurred,” said Deputy Chief Tom Castro ,of the Dallas Police Department.

The victim was able to jump from the vehicle and escape in the area of Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway.

"We are hoping somebody saw this girl jump from vehicle," Castro said. "We don't have a good suspect description and we need people to get involved."

A second woman was attacked at about 2:57 a.m. as she walked home. Authorities say the suspect grabbed her around Elm and North Harwood streets. The victim was on the phone with her boyfriend, who ran to the scene and fought with the attacker after he heard her scream. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived.

Recently, the Dallas Police Department was part of a symposium at Paul Quinn College to raise awareness about sex assaults. They stress to young women to never leave a club with someone they just met and never walk alone.

"I've investigated a couple 1,000 sex assaults in the city of Dallas,” said Sgt. Amy Mills, a DPD sexual assault detective. "Most do not occur on the streets. Most occur in apartments, home or car."

Police describe the suspect as a black male between the age of 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

If you have any information please contact Det. Alan Holmes at 214-671-3637 or call Crime Stoppers, which is offering a $5,000 reward, at 214-373-8477.

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