Third sex assault reported in Cypress area in just 2 weeks

Investigators are looking into the possibility that at least two of them may have been committed by the same person
January 30, 2014 2:33:06 PM PST
Residents in the Cypress area are on high alert after three alleged sexual assaults have been reported in just two weeks, and investigators are looking into the possibility that at least two of them may have been committed by the same person.

This happened in the middle of the day. The attacker was bold, kicking down the front door to get to his victim. And now police are looking to see if he is the same person responsible for another violent home invasion 12 days ago.

On January 7, police say a Hispanic man in kicked in the front door to a home in Cypress, tied up a woman inside, beat her and sexually assaulted her.

"I think it's terrible because it shouldn't be happening," Cypress resident Janelle Andrews said.

Police say the attack happened while the victim's two children were in the other room. The suspect stole several items before leaving.

"We're just not safe anywhere anymore," Cypress resident JoAnn Slater said.

The incident had residents on high alert. Days later, there was another attack. A woman sitting on this park bench told police a man came from behind her, took her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

"You can not believe it. We're talking about Cypress," Cypress resident Cesar Cabrera said.

Just Tuesday, several miles away, there was another violent home invasion in broad daylight. Police say a man busted down the front door, tied up his victim and sexually assaulted her.

"We are very worried because this is a very calm and quiet place," Cabrera said.

Residents spread the message about the two attacks on the Cypress news Facebook page, some posting pictures of new locks they're installing. Others say they're putting a sticker at the front of their homes warning that they've had enough and are now armed.

"I have one so I would say that that's a great thing to do, you just have to be willing to pull the trigger if they get in. It's you or them," Slater said.

Police say the suspect is in his 20's, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, muscular thin build and was wearing a dark colored jumpsuit, jacket, gloves and work boots.

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