Do you know rape suspect



IF YOU can help police catch the man who they believe raped two teenagers in the Harbour Drive area, now is the time to come forward.

Coffs Harbour detectives have circulated this computer image of the man, based on witness accounts, so he can be tracked down.

Police have distributed the image to Harbour Drive businesses and they've also gone door-to-door asking residents if they know anything about the attacks, or the suspect.

"We've spoken to a number of people who have assisted us with our inquiries," Detective Senior Constable Andrew Martin said.

"Our investigation is ongoing and we need anyone with information to come forward.

"We'd like to assure people that all details will be treated in the strictest confidence. It doesn't matter how insignificant you might think the information is, we need to know about it."

At 10pm on June 10, a girl, 16, was walking by herself along Harbour Drive near Boambee Street when a man grabbed her.

He dragged her 50 metres to an area under a vacant building and sexually assaulted her.

After the attack, the girl ran back to Harbour Drive and was met by police, who had been contacted by passers-by who saw the girl being dragged away.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his early 20s, 175cm tall, with a medium build and short blond hair in possibly a number one or number two style. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt.

Investigators believe the attack may be linked to the sexual assault of a woman, 19, in bushland off Glenreagh Street early on May 12. To help catch the offender, phone Coffs Harbour detectives on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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