Fairbanks assaults may be linked

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who could be linked to three attacks on women since August.

Detective Aaron Ring said the latest assault occurred Monday night when a man grabbed a woman from behind, held a knife to her throat and forced her into the passenger seat of her car.

Ring said the victim, in her late teens, was walking from a downtown motel where she worked to her car in a nearby parking lot at about 6:30 p.m.

The attacker drove her car to a warehouse, where he attempted to sexually assault her in her car, Ring said.

The woman fought the man and managed to scratch and bite his face, Ring said.

The young woman told police that during the attack, the man pulled string and a bandanna out of his pocket and tied up her hands, Ring said.

''So he was obviously out looking to do something like this,'' Ring said. The man eventually gave up and fled the car.

Ring said the suspect could be linked to two other attacks.

Another woman told police she was grabbed around the neck from behind as she was putting groceries into her car at a mall parking lot on Thanksgiving night, Ring said.

When the man tried to push her into her car, the woman turned around and shoved him and he fell to the ground. She immediately got into her car, shut the door and drove off, Ring said.

Both women described a man similar to a suspect in an August sexual assault.

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