More sexual assaults near the Chain of Lakes reported

The man who sexually assaulted a Lake Harriet jogger last month is now suspected in at least two other similar incidents.

Police initially believed the Oct. 25 assault — a man approached a woman running on the lake path near 44th and 45th streets, restrained her and reached between her legs, then fled when other joggers arrived — was an isolated case, both because of the time of day, 6:15 a.m., and the sexual intent.

Then on Nov. 6 another woman was assaulted around 3:30 p.m. on Lake Harriet Parkway near Knox Avenue, according to Minneapolis police. The circumstances were similar, and the description of the assailant matched the previous incident.

And a third woman recently reported to police that she was assaulted in early October while on a Lake of the Isles path around 10 a.m.

The same man is suspected in all three incidents, said Sgt. William Palmer, a Minneapolis Police Department spokesman. The suspect has been described as a white male between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing dark clothes and a beanie hat at the time of the Oct. 25 incident, and drove away in an older red sports car with unspecified damage that had been repaired, police said.

Police have no leads and are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the man, Palmer said. Anyone who has experienced a similar encounter is asked to file a police report and speak with investigators.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the city’s tip line at 692-8477, or contact Tom Thompson, a Southwest crime-prevention specialist, at 673-2823 or [email protected].