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Police release photos of suspect in Huntington Beach sex assaults

Authorities have released surveillance pictures of a man wanted in connection with three sexual assault in less than three weeks in Huntington Beach.

The first incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 28 near Huntington Village Lane and Center Avenue, close to Golden West College and multiple shopping centers, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

A jogger noticed a man following her and began running toward her apartment when she was pushed to the ground from behind by the man, KTLA reported.

He attempted to sexually assault her, ripping her shirt.

Deziree Ivey, a resident at the complex, told KTLA that the victim said she was able to scream and scare off the attacker.

"Luckily, there was a guy awake who opened his window, and I guess the guy saw and took off," Ivey said.

The victim has since moved out of the complex.

Two similar attacks were reported between 10:40 a.m. and 11:44 a.m. on Friday in the area of Bella Terra Mall, where the surveillance pictures released Tuesday were taken.

One incident occurred in the lingerie department of a Burlington Coat Factory store. The other happened near a parking structure at 7777 Edinger Avenue, according to police.

The suspect in all three incidents was described as 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, weighing about 140 pounds and having short, dark hair.

He was wearing a light gray T-shirt, dark jeans and black shoes with orange laces, officials said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to contact the Huntington Beach Police Department at (714) 375-5066.

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