Manhunt for rapist who attacked three women on same street
Police have launched a manhunt for a tattooed rape suspect who has been accused of attacking three women in an hour along the same street.
Detectives have released CCTV in connection with attacks on three women in just 60 minutes along Soho Road in Handsworth, Birmingham on September 1.
The first victim, 35, was robbed of her necklace before she was taken to nearby Waverhill Park where she was robbed at around 10.15pm.
She was left multiple fractures to her arm as she bravely tried to fight off her attacker.
Minutes later a 46-year-old woman was robbed of her handbag along Soho Road, but two good Samaritans managed to get it back after chasing the offender.
The offender was then caught on CCTV assaulting another female, who has not yet come forward, before fleeing along nearby Rookery Road.
West Midlands Police said the suspect is described as being eastern European, in his late 20s to early 30s, with dark brown hair and a goatee beard.
He was wearing a white t-shirt, ripped blue jeans and a black leather jacket with a diagonal zip at the time of the assaults.
Victims have also described the offender as having a tattoo on his right bicep, a circle tattoo on his neck and another tattoo on his right hand.
Superintendent Ed Foster, from Birmingham West Police Unit, said: ‘We’re looking at three very nasty attacks on women in a short period of time.
‘The first victim suffered multiple fractures to her arm as she tried fending off the attacker.
‘The women have provided a good description of the attacker including details of tattoos on his arm, leg and neck.
‘We need to trace this man immediately and I’d urge anyone who believes they recognise him, or may have seen him in the area, to get in touch.
‘We also need to trace the third victim or indeed anyone else who may have been attacked by the man but not reported the incident to police.
‘All information will be handled with the utmost confidence, we just want information that will help us catch the offender and protect the public.’
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police on 101 or the live chat with WMP Online. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.