Police: Assaults on Fort Collins women could all be connected

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Fort Collins police were investigating Saturday a pair of assaults that could be tied to an ongoing series of similar attacks on local women during the past several months.

Two separate women, one walking and one jogging, reported that a lone male suspect assaulted them Friday night. One alleged incident happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of West Elizabeth Street, while the second occurred less than two miles away at City Park Avenue and Baystone Drive at 10:50 p.m.

In each case, the victim was alone. Neither was seriously hurt, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

The suspect description in these incidents is consistent with the previous assaults against women, FCPD reported. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 40 years old, standing between five feet, seven inches and six feet tall. The suspect has a medium build and very short hair, police said.

If the suspect in all the cases is in fact the same person, he could be responsible for at least nine similar attacks.

All of the incidents have involved unwanted -- possibly sexual -- touching, and all have happened between 7 p.m. and midnight. An older-model white SUV with four doors has been reported at several of the incidents.

FCPD asked women in the area to avoid walking alone late at night, and to consider carrying flashlights and cell phones.

Anyone with any knowledge of the incidents was asked to call police.