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Mira Mesa: Police believe sex assaults may be related

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Residents in Mira Mesa are on edge after a pair of sexual assaults on teenage girls that police said may have been perpetrated by the same man.

In both cases the girls were attacked as they were walking to school in the morning.

The first incident took place October 12th, on the 8800 block of Hillery Drive.

According to police, a second incident took place on Thursday, November 30 when a 14-year-old female was walking alone from her house to Mira Mesa High School and a male suspect approached the female and engaged her in conversation as she walked westbound on the 8800 block of Flanders Drive.

The suspect sexually assaulted the female and then ran northbound through a residential complex.

Authorities released a sketch after the first incident in October. Thursday's attack was strikingly similar in terms of M.O., location and the ages of the victims. Police have not said it was the same man, but they are investigating the possibility they are connected.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a dark complexion, 35 to 40-years-old, 5'6" to 5'7" tall, normal build, with short dark-colored hair. The suspect spoke with a Spanish accent.

Along with this week's case and the one in October, there was also a series of five sexual groping incidents reported in the same general area of Mira Mesa between September of last year and this past February. It is unclear if those alleged sexual assaults are connected with the two recent ones.

As the search for the suspect or suspects continues, police advise students heading to school should take precautions.

Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD's Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Anonymous email and mobile app messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.org.

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