OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police are asking the public's help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a recent series of attempted sexual assaults that have occurred in poorly lit, semi-secluded areas located near bars.
Police said the most recent incident occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday, July 28. The three assaults in the past month occurred near bars from 15th to 62nd Streets.
Investigators noted that in all of the cases, female victims were under the influence of alcohol, alone and walking to their homes when an unknown male suspect initiated conversations with them. Police said that after initiating conversation, the suspect then forced the victims to the ground and attempted to sexually assault them.
"It's certainly a possibility they're connected," said Jessica Waters of the Ocean City Police Department. "It's a possibly they're not. Right now, we're not ruling anything out."
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5-foot-10, about 170 pounds, and in his mid-20s to early 30s.
Police say they have no surveillance photos related to these crimes. Anyone with information about similar incidents and/or the suspect involved, is asked to contact Detective Simpson of the Ocean City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at (410) 520-5349. Those providing information may remain anonymous.
Police are reminding residents and visitors to use the buddy-system and not walk alone, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, be aware of your surroundings, and walk in highly traveled public areas.
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