Police Ask Public for Help in Catching Serial Rapist

Police on Monday asked the public to help them catch a possible serial rapist who they said most recently sexually assaulted a 52-year-old woman in Belmont Shore.

A prowler entered the woman's home near Covina Avenue and Vista Street through an unlocked door as she lay in bed about 10:30 p.m. Friday, said Long Beach Police Det. Katherine Watson.

Police believe the suspect may be the same man who has committed a series of burglaries and sexual assaults in the Naples and Belmont Shore area during the last 16 months, Watson said. She said Friday's attack was similar to previous assaults.

In the earlier attacks, the suspect was described as white, in his early 30s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with light brown hair and light brown or hazel eyes. He has a muscular build, olive-colored skin and sometimes wears a black knit cap.

In previous attacks, the man entered and left victims' homes naked. But in Friday's assault, the attacker was clothed, Watson said.

Police urge residents to keep their windows and doors locked. Anyone with information should call Watson at (562) 570-7368.

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