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Police Trying To Increase Awareness Following Mayfair Sex Assaults

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Police hope increased awareness will help combat a recent string of sexual assaults in the Mayfair area.

Investigators believe the same person may be responsible for three attacks in the past month.

The Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadets passed out flyers to residents in the area.

Their message was to make sure everyone knows about the assaults, so they can protect themselves and keep an eye out for the suspect.

“We’re knocking on every single door. We’re going to let these people know that there is a predator out there," Corporal Bryan Coyle instructed the cadets.

Sometimes catching a criminal, takes a whole community.

So instead of waiting on tips to come in, the 100 members of the Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadets hit the streets of Mayfair passing out bulletins and talking with residents about the string of sexual assaults in their area.

“Keep your lights on and doors locked," one of the cadets advised.

“Great idea, just to make sure that everybody is aware of what’s going on so that they can protect themselves. It is quite frightening to know that this is going on in our neighborhood," said one resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

Police also hope those living in the area can help them with their investigation.

“Anybody who has a surveillance camera on their home, we want to know about that," Coyle said.

The most recent sexual assault happened Wednesday night on the boulevard.

Surveillance video from the second attack a couple weeks ago showed a woman walking home in the alley of 3200 block of Wellington Street.

The suspect grabbed her from behind and began pushing her, before a neighbor heard her screams and helped her get away.

She wanted to remain anonymous when she spoke with Fox 29.

"I want to stop this guy. I feel bad for the other girls that this happened to because I know they’re younger than myself," she said.

Police said they don't have DNA or other evidence to link the same person to all three crimes, but similarities exist.

They want to catch him before he strikes again.

“We have to get this person off the street. It could be your mother, your sister, your girlfriend. We have to stop this person," Coyle said.

While the description in each attack is slightly different, the suspect has been described each time being in his mid 20s with a dark hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information about the suspect or suspects, you're asked to call Philadelphia Police.

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