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Police are looking for a suspect linked to four sexual assaults near Fresno State

Fresno police are searching for a man they believe is connected to at least four sexual assaults near Fresno State dating back to June.

The suspect is black, age 22 to 30, about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, and 160 to 190 pounds. He wears either a blue or black hooded sweatshirt.

All four assaults occurred in the same area – near the northwest corner of Barstow and Cedar avenues.

On June 25 at 1 a.m., the suspect approached a woman as she was walking to her apartment on the 1600 block of East Barstow Avenue. He ran up to her and grabbed her buttocks, police said.

On Oct. 23 at 7:50 p.m., he approached a woman while she was on her cellphone on the 5400 block of North Cedar Avenue. The suspect grabbed her breast with his hand, and she fled. The suspect chased her to her friend’s apartment, then fled east through the complex toward the pool, police said.

Immediately after, at 7:57 p.m. another woman entered her gated complex on the 1600 block of East Barstow Avenue and held the door open for the suspect. The suspect followed her, and when she reached the bottom of her stairs, the suspect pushed her to the ground and reached under her dress and grabbed her vagina over her underwear, police said. The victim turned around and the suspect stood facing her for a moment and then fled north across the courtyard.

On Nov. 13 at 10 p.m., a woman was walking to her apartment from the carport on the 5500 block of North Cedar Avenue. As she climbed the stairs, she heard the suspect approach. She stopped to see who it was, and the suspect grabbed her buttocks. The suspect then tried to wrap his arms around the victim, but she kicked him away and screamed for help.

Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim of this man to call Detective Josh Alexander at 559-621-2471.

The department is working with Fresno State police, Clovis police and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

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