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Cops: Gunman linked to four Germantown sex assaults of teenage girls

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  • Detectives are asking for the public's help in finding a gunman who has sexually assaulted four teenage girls.
  • His victims range in age from 12 to 17 years old.
  • The attacker used a handgun to threaten all four victims.

A gunman who has sexually assaulted four teenage girls in Germantown since March has been caught on surveillance and city detectives are asking for the public's help in finding him.

He can be seen in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt riding a bicycle just before a May 19 sexual assault in the 600 block of East Wister Street at about 10:45 p.m. In that attack, he assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

His victims range in age from 12 to 17 years old, Special Victims Capt. John Darby said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

"In none of these cases was there a demand for money. We believe sexual assault was the motive," Darby said. "We obviously have a volatile situation, a dangerous situation out there."

The attacker used a handgun to threaten all four victims.

The first sexual assault occurred the morning of March 17 at Anderson and East Price streets and his victim was a 12-year-old waiting for the bus to school, Darby said.

"The victim was on the highway literally waiting for the school bus," he said.

The next assault occurred April 23 at about 11:30 p.m. in the 900 block of East Chelten Avenue when a 17-year-old was attacked.

The fourth assault happened this past weekend just after midnight Sunday morning, Darby said, when another 17-year-old was threatened and then forced into the entrance to the Morris Estate Recreation Center and assaulted by the doorway, Darby said.

Anyone with any information about these assaults is asked to called the police Special Victims Unit at (215) 685-3251.


Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or bmccrone@philly.com. Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

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