FAIRFIELD — Police are seeking the community’s help in identifying a man suspected of preying on women while they’re out walking or jogging.
The man is described as a white male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim build, narrow jawline, light brown to reddish hair, a thin beard and short hair.
Three separate incidents were reported the weekend of Aug. 2-3. Police have searched for the man since then, with no success.
The man in the first incident approached a woman who was walking shortly after noon Aug. 2 on the Linear Park Trail near Northwood Drive and Lopes Road. Police said he tried to talk to her, but the woman continued walking. As she did so, police said the man made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature.
They did not detail the specific comments.
A second incident of a more-serious nature was reported about 15 minutes later and involved a teen girl.
The 16-year-old was jogging on a walking trail near Oakbrook Drive in the Cordelia Villages area of Fairfield when a man approached her from behind. Police said the man asked for directions, and then sexually assaulted the teen. She fought back and the man fled.
Police said the girl was not injured and ran to her home nearby, where she called police with the help of a relative. Several officers, including a K-9 and a California Highway Patrol air unit, responded and searched for the man, but did not find him.
A third incident was reported at around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the area of Lopes Road and Summer Grove Drive. Police said a woman who was jogging was approached from behind by a man who sexually assaulted her.
Police said Tuesday night that they believe the incidents are related and that they involve the same man. They released a sketch of the man, in addition to the narrative description.
Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.