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Police investigate 5 sexual assaults near Tower Grove Park; Suspect in custody

UPDATE: There is a person in police custody in relation to sexual assaults in neighborhoods surrounding Tower Grove Park.

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Police have stepped up patrols in the Tower Grove South neighborhood after the third sexual assault occurred in the neighborhood, in broad daylight since Friday. Police said a fourth sex assault occurred in the same neighborhood on May 25th. They are connecting all four incidents.

According to police, the suspect is known to park his vehicle, described by victims as a silver SUV, in the alley close to where he assaults his victims. In the police reports, victims have stated that the man quickly runs up behind them and grabs their private areas, before he runs off.

Police are also investigating a sexual assault in Benton Park on June 10th in the 2700 block Indiana in Benton Park at 1 p.m. Police say a 50-year-old woman was accosted by behind by the suspect who  threw her to the ground and grabbed her private area. The suspect then ran off. Olive describe the suspect as a white make 25 years old, 5'10", medium build, dark short hair, facial hair, dark blue athletic shorts, very light blue t-shirt, dark sunglasses.

Fox2 talked to a woman who said she was sexually assaulted the morning of June 9th near Wyoming and Iowa as she walked her dog around 7:30a.m.

The following is a detailed list of the four sexual assaults in Tower Grove South in order from the most recent:

According to a St. Louis City police report, on June 21st at around 10:05 a.m., a 32-year-old woman, a man approached her from behind at the 3500 block of Roger. The victim says the suspect grabbed her bottom and took off in the alley in an older model silver SUV.  The suspect described as a white male, aged 30-35, approximately 6'02", 160 pounds, wearing a red shirt and khaki pants.

Police are reporting two separate incidents on June 16th. The first occurred at 10 a.m. in the 3200 block of Oak Hill. A 25-year-old woman told police she was walking along Oak Hill when the suspect approached her from behind, reached up her dress and grabbed her private area. The suspect ran back to his gray SUV parked in the alley. The suspect is described as middle eastern man, 30-40 years old, medium complexion, short black hair, 5'10" 160 pounds, wearing sunglasses, brown polo-style shirt, brown shorts and sandals. The second reported incident that day happened around 3:50 p.m. near Roger and Connecticut. The victim told police that she was waking in the area when she saw an individual with a vehicle parked in an alley. As she continued to walk she felt someone grab her from behind. When the victim turned around, the suspect fled toward the alley. The victim yelled and followed the suspect, who then got into a 4-door SUV possibly silver, white or tan in color, which fled eastbound through the alley toward Gustine. The suspect in that case is described as a while make, middle aged, about 5'8" - 5'10", middle/stocky build, short black hair, wearing a white/tan shirt and khaki shorts.

A 30-year-old woman reported to police that on May 25, 2017 at around 4p.m., she was walking southbound at the 3200 block of Bent in Tower Grove South when she saw the suspect sitting on a champagne colored SUV parked in the alley of Utah. According to the police report, "The suspect exited the vehicle, approached the victim from behind and reached his hand down the rear of the victim’s pants and grabbed her behind. After a brief struggle, the suspect fled on foot and entered his vehicle, driving westbound towards Morganford out of sight." The victim described the suspect to police as a white male 25-35 years old, average build, with a tribal tattoo on his left bicep, dark short buzz cut, wearing a navy blue t-shirt, khaki shorts and sunglasses.