Police want to interview this man about two rapes

POLICE believe this man may have raped two teenagers in Coffs Harbour and they're appealing for women, particularly, to avoid walking alone at night.

Detectives have provided this computer image based on witness accounts in the hope of catching the offender before he strikes again.

At 10pm last Friday, 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 after seeing the girl being dragged away.

General duties and highway patrol police searched the area but could not find the man.

He 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 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.

That woman described her assailant as having short blond hair.

If you have any information about either incident, or if you recognise this man and haven't already spoken to detectives, you are urged to phone Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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