Police investigate series of sexual assaults - Philadelphia News

August 15, 2008 7:39:02 PM PDT
Philadelphia police are investigating a series of sexual assaults in the Frankford section of the city.

The first of these attacks happened on June 11th around 1:00 a.m in the 1100 block of Adams Avenue. Police say a 16 year old girl was grabbed and dragged behind a CVS store. The suspect threatened to slash her throat if she doesn't cooperate, but did not show a weapon. Police say the man then sexually assaulted the girl.

The next attack happened on August 12 at 6:00 a.m in the 1600 block of Wakeling Street. According to police, a 21 year old woman was getting into her car when a man approached her with a small silver handgun. The man robbed and sexually assaulted her.

The most recent attack happened on Thursday, August 14th in the 4700 block of Darrah Street. Investigators tell Action News another 16 year old girl was targeted. She had just gotten off the Frankford elevated train and was walking home when she was grabbed, forced into an alley by a man with a gun, then was robbed and sexually assaulted. In this attack, the suspect used a small silver hand gun similar to the August 12th attack.

The suspect is described as a black man, six feet tall, about 18 years old, 170-180 pounds with a dark complexion.

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