Suspect sketch released in Kensington rapes

KENSINGTON - November 18, 2009 The incidents have been occurring since early October, and police say they all appear to be related.

The first case happened around 5:30 a.m. on October 4th in the 900 block of East Ontario Street. In that incident, investigators say a 32-year-old woman was pushed into a vacant lot, beaten, then raped.

The second incident happened around 4:30 a.m. on October 20th in the 3300 block of Kensington Avenue. In that incident, a 41-year-old woman was pulled into an alley, beaten and raped.

On the evening of November 8th, a 27-year-old woman was found disoriented on a highway. She told police she was beaten and raped by a man along the train tracks in the 2000 block of East Sterner Street.

The most recent attack happened on Tuesday. Police say a 32-year-old woman was approached by a man who offered her money for sex. They entered an abandoned house, where the attacker forced the woman to submit to sex after beating her about the face and head.

In this incident, police say the man told the victim his name is Shawn.

Police say the victims have only been able to provide a vague description. However, investigators say based on what the victims were able to remember, and the violent nature of these rapes, they've concluded that the attacks are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police SVU at 215- 685-3252.

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