CRIME

Two Hyattsville sexual assaults take place within minutes of each other

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Police descended upon the area near Belcrest and Adelhi Roads early Tuesday afternoon, in search of a man with a gun who had robbed and sexually assaulted two different women.

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The first incident took place in a wooded area between the Plaza Apartments and Norhtwestern High School near Chillum. Investigators say it happened around 1:15 p.m. A man walked past two women who were walking in the 6700 block of Belcrest Road, then swiftly turned to follow before forcing them into the woods. He then robbed them at gunpoint and sexually assaulted one – until a noise finally scared him off.

Fifteen minutes later, police say he struck again less than 100 yards away.

This time, it was two males and a female. He robbed them before sexually assaulting the woman. It was after this second attack that police launched a full-out search.

"We put up the police helicopter, deployed the K-9 team, and we are actively looking for this suspect," said Julie Parker with the P.G. County Police.

The suspect currently remains at large and is being described as a Hispanic male -- approximately 30 years old, 5'6" to 5'10", with a slim build. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants and a red baseball cap.

Investigators are asking residents in the community to be aware and on the lookout. Anyone with information is urged to call the CID Sexual Assault Unit at (301) 772-4908.

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