Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh police said Friday they might have identified the man who is accused of choking and punching women in the Glenwood Avenue and Millbrook Road area.
"It is believed that the suspect in the photos has been identified as a result of the media coverage of these incidents," police spokesman Jim Sughrue wrote in an e-mail around 10 a.m. Friday. "Follow-up investigative work is on-going, and additional information will be provided as it becomes available."
Police said they believe the man in the surveillance photos is responsible for assaulting two women and attempting to assault a third along a short section of the Glenwood Avenue corridor.
The women were not seriously injured and told police they did not recognize the man.
The first reported attack happened around 7:15 a.m. on June 16. A woman told police she was walking in the parking lot of a shopping area in the 6500 block of Glenwood Avenue when a man grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground and punched her.
After assaulting her, the man walked away, she told police.
The second attack happened around 10 a.m. on June 19. A woman was waiting to use a drive-up ATM in the 3500 block of W. Millbrook Road when a man approached her vehicle and attempted to assault her by reaching through her partially opened window.
The woman shut the window and drove away without being injured, police said. The man drove away in a light-colored, late model Chevrolet Impala and the woman called police.
The third attack happened around 9 a.m. on June 22. A woman was at a car wash in the 4200 block of Pleasant Valley Road when a man approached her from behind and began to choke her, she told police.
The woman was able to escape and call police. The man walked away from the scene, she said.
In each case, the suspect was described as a black man. Due to the circumstances of the incidents, it was difficult for the women to estimate the man's height, police said. They described him as having a slender to medium build.
Anyone who has information that might assist the investigation is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help solve cases.