10/10/2013 11:38 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2013

South Side Sex Assaults: Police Release Sketch Of Washington Heights Serial Rapist Suspect

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The Guardian Angels are fanning out in the Washington Heights neighborhood Friday to hand out flyers with a police sketch of a serial rapist on the loose.

“This guy definitely needs to be off the street," Guardian Angel Miguel Fuentes told CBS Chicago. "This is...a number one priority, especially on the South Side. The community; somebody knows who this guy is. They need to drop dime, they need to call the police, they need to call the Guardian Angels, and get him off the street.”

Wednesday night, police released a man they had been questioning in their investigation into the series of sexual assaults.

Police are still searching for the man who broke into a home in the 10300 block of South Emerald Avenue and assaulted a 40-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, NBC Chicago reports.

The attacker entered the mother's bedroom and put a knife to her throat, a family member told NBC, and took both women's IDs, credit cards and cell phones before fleeing the scene.

In two other attacks police believe are connected to the initial invasion, a man broke into another home in the 10100 block of South Green Street and tried to assault an 11-year-old girl, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

The girl woke up to the sound of her puppy barking, CBS Chicago reports, and screamed when she saw a man staring at her from her closet. He then dove out of the girl's bedroom window when the girl's father entered the room.

Police say the same man next sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was on her way to school in the 10000 block of South Peoria Street.

A witness to the teen's assault told the Chicago Tribune he recalled the victim telling him, "'Why me? I get straight A's in school. I told him to stop. He wouldn't stop.'"

All the attacks took place within the same three-hour span.

“It’s not like the guy’s going to all of a sudden find Jesus, and heal himself," Fuentes said. "This guy’s going to attack again, so we need to stop him before he does."

The suspect has been described as a black, 6-foot-1 tall man between the ages of 16 and 22 years old and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. He had medium-length black dreadlocks and he was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, baggy blue jeans, a light-colored belt and white gym shoes.

Anyone with information about the attacks should call police at 312-747-8271.


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