Police release composite sketch of suspect in North Park attacks

SAN DIEGO - Police have released a composite sketch of the one of the suspects they believe is responsible for two attacks in the North Park neighborhood.

The first attack happened at about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday when two men attacked a woman while she walked alone on the 3200 block of Meade Avenue, San Diego police said. The woman fought her attackers until the suspects fled.
 
The woman in the first attack described one attacker as Hispanic, 6 feet tall and about 28 or 29 years old, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and speaking with a Spanish accent, police said.
 
The second attacker was described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, 23 or 24 years old, about 5 feet 8 with braces and wearing a black shirt and black and white checkered long-sleeved shirt. Police released a sketch of the second suspected attacker Monday evening (pictured above).

The second attack happened about 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, when two men accosted a woman as she walked alone on the 2700 block of Lincoln Avenue, police said. She told 10News she was walking home after picking up food.

"I was pushed to the ground and was suddenly being punched and having my underwear pulled at," said the 19-year-old victim, who did not want to be identified.

The woman was knocked to the ground from behind and one of the suspects tried to pull her clothing off.

"They didn't say a single thing to me during the attack," she said. "I didn't even hear any grunting or noises."

The woman suffered numerous facial injuries and third-degree burns from where her hot soup spilled all over her. She believes she would have been raped if she was not wearing Spanx, an extremely tight undergarment.

"I was wearing Spanx. They were trying to get it off of me and I think they got frustrated and left," she said.

Police say the woman fought against the two men and yelled for help until they fled in an unknown direction.

Joseph Stacy was at a nearby apartment when he heard the woman screaming. Even though other people were closer, he was the only one who ran out to help.

"Her face was just covered full of blood, eyes just swollen shut," Stacy said.

He stayed with her until police arrived.

"When she started telling me, she didn't know who attacked her, honestly, I was scared," said Stacy.

Another bystander came to the woman's aid after the men fled, but neither the victim nor the bystanders could describe the attackers.

"The attacks are likely related because of their nature," said San Diego police Lt. Mike Holden, who said that other factors in the investigation also led police to believe the incidents were related.
 
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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