DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are urging women, and everyone, to be on alert when walking by themselves after two sexual assault attacks occurred in two days just blocks from each other.
“Be aware, don’t be on your cell phone, don’t be texting, be watching around you, notice if someone is behind you,” said Denver Police Department spokeswoman Christine Downs.
The most recent attack happened while a teenage female was walking in the alley in the 1800 block of Pearl and Pennsylvania about 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
The victim told police she was grabbed from behind and sexually assaulted by an unknown male. Police do not have a description of the suspect.
The other attack happened at 7 a.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of Corona when a man broke into a woman’s apartment then assaulted her when she came home.
Police said after the attack the man ran away. He is described as a black male with light to medium complexion, mid to late 20s, about 6-foot with very short hair and no facial hair.
He was wearing black clothes with tan colored, worn out oxford-type dress shoes. The victim told police her attacker spoke perfect English and did not appear to be homeless.
Police say residents should walk with hands free so if something should happen, they can protect themselves. Officers also say until they have a suspect in custody, women should take precautions.
“Be aware of your surroundings, if you can have somebody walk with you, even if you are leaving a business maybe someone from inside can watch you walk to your car or at least walk along side of you,” said Downs.
Denver Police have provided some information about protecting yourself while walking alone and not becoming a victim.