Hamilton police say the suspect in two recent sexual assaults on the central Mountain appears to have struck again.
Police spokesperson Catherine Martin said the latest incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 21 as a 14-year-old girl was walking on Crockett Street just east of East 23rd.
The teen heard footsteps on the gravel behind her and saw a male in black clothing and wearing a balaclava emerge from an alley on the north side of Crockett and bound toward her.
She ran screaming and was helped by a citizen. Police were called and searched the area but didn’t find the suspect, a composite image of whom was released last month.
The incident is eerily similar to one on Nov. 14, when a teen who was walking on Crockett Street near Upper Wentworth Street at about 8:30 p.m. was grabbed from behind by a male wearing a black balaclava and black clothing.
The girl fought back and managed to break free, and her attacker ran to an alley on the north side of Crockett near East 21st Street, where he got into a car and drove off toward Concession Street.
Police believe the suspect is the same man who sexually assaulted a woman in her late twenties female near Inch Park on Oct. 1.
The woman was jogging by the park with her dog between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on that day when her assailant walked out of the park ahead of her and laughed as she passed him on the sidewalk.
She continued on her way but the man followed her, suddenly running up and sexually assaulting her as he knocked her to the ground.
The woman began kicking and screaming and her attacker ran off west through the park.
The suspect is described as being about 30 years old with a medium build, pale skin and short blond hair that was spiked on top and short on the sides. He stood about five feet nine inches tall and wore baggy jeans and a plain black T-shirt.
The suspect in the Nov. 14 Crockett Street assault was also described as having a medium build and similar height.
Police are stepping up patrols in the area and ask anyone with information to call Det. Jason Howard at 905-540-5544 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.