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Warning for residents after North Park assaults

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego police have released a composite sketch of one of two men being sought Tuesday in connection with the attempted sexual assaults of two women in North Park last week.

The first of the attempted sexual assaults was reported about 11:30 p.m. on June 17, police said. A woman walking alone on Meade Avenue near 33rd Street was attacked by the two suspects but managed to fight them off, and they fled, said San Diego police Lt. Mike Holden.

The woman described both men as Hispanic. The suspect whose sketch was released was described as about 23 or 24, 5 feet 7 or 5 feet 8 and as having braces. He was wearing a black shirt with a black and white checkered long sleeved shirt on top.

The other suspect appeared to be 28 or 29, 6 feet tall, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He spoke with an accent.

The second attack was reported about 9:40 p.m. Saturday. A woman who had been walking on Lincoln Avenue near Oregon Street was knocked to the ground from behind and one of the suspects tried to pull off her clothing, Holden said.

She also fought back against her attackers and yelled for help until they ran off, Holden said. Neither the victim nor the two bystanders who came to her aid could describe the suspects.

Holden said police believed that the attacks were likely related because of their nature and other factors.

Police advised women in the North Park area to be aware of their surroundings and not walk alone.

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or the San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210.

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