HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for a potential serial robber who sexually assaulted a woman in Hollywood.
Police are investigating three separate incidents in Hollywood with similar details. According to police, the subject would break into the home in the early hours of the morning and make threats of sexual assault.
However, police said, in the most recent incident, which took place at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday on Plunkett Street, the subject actually carried out the threat. “A black male in his 30s forced entry into her home and forced acts of a sexual nature to her, also demanded money,” said Hollywood Police Officer Christian Lata.
Police said the man was wearing a hooded jacket, gloves and he had his face covered. Authorities believe the robber was behind two other similar incidents in the area.
“This is alarming to us because in the past two months, we’ve had two other incidences that are similar in M.O.” said Lata. “A suspect matching the same description forced entrance to the residence and made threat of sexual nature.”
The two incidents occurred in the areas between Pembroke Road and Washington Street and between Federal Highway and Dixie Highway.
“I guess stuff like this happens everywhere, but this neighborhood is generally quiet,” said resident Frankie Perez.
“I have had no problem here,” said resident Cindy Ramirez, “so I’m shocked.”
The subject is believed to be in possession of a blue sweatshirt with the word “RUN” written across the front. He is also believed to have a black hoodie that zips up in the front.
“We’re taking this real seriously because of the previous incidents. We’re flooding the area with all of our resources,” said Lata.
Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward and want residents to be on alert. “Be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something please don’t hesitate to call 911,” said Lata.
If you have any information on these incidents, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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