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Authorities in Sacramento look for suspect in sexual assaults

Law enforcement authorities in nearby Sacramento have turned their focus to a couple of unsettling incidents that have occurred along Interstate 80 in recent months. A recent report of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on December 10 closely matched the details of a previous report of a sexual assault that occurred back on September 19. In both instances the female victims alleged that they were dragged down embankments as they were walking along the roadside. It appears that once the perpetrator believed he had secured the victims out of sight of the road he then assaulted them.

Allegations of attacks like this are enough to stir up fear both where the alleged attacks occur and in nearby communities. Although the details of these assaults are troubling, fortunately there is no indication that a weapon was involved in either incident. Both of the alleged assaults occurred when it was relatively dark outside, with the most recent incident occurring at 9:00 p.m. and the incident back in September occurring at approximately 5:00 a.m.

With two attacks occurring with such similarities in detail, the police are most likely convinced that the same suspect was involved in both attacks. A police sketch has been released based on the most recent victim's description - a description that is somewhat similar to the description of the suspect in the September 19 attack.

The investigation into both of these alleged attacks is ongoing, and the police are probably beginning to feel the public pressure to make an arrest. However, unless the police have collected physical evidence from the two incidents, it may be hard to make an arrest based on eyewitness testimony just from the two alleged victims.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Second female pedestrian sexually attacked along I-80," Bill Lindelof, Dec. 13, 2013

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