A series of sexual assaults in southeastern Queens was identified on Saturday as a pattern of crimes that the police believe was committed by a single suspect.
The police believe that the assaults, which were previously being investigated as separate incidents, were the work of a man described by victims as black and in his early in his early 20s, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing roughly 180 pounds. In at least one attack, the suspect wore a black leather jacket and dark jeans.
At 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 22, a 44-year-old woman was grabbed from behind while entering her home in Queens Village and sexually assaulted. The suspect fled after she screamed. Another woman was also grabbed while entering her Queens Village home, this time at 11 p.m. on Oct. 7. She was sexually assaulted by a man who then fled, the police said.
At 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 9, a 40-year-old black woman was walking near 145th Road in Jamaica when she was approached by a man who pushed her to the ground, punched her several times in the face and attempted to rape her. He fled after a neighbor responded to the woman’s call for help.
At 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, a 23-year-old woman was walking near 226th Street and South Conduit Avenue when she was sexually assaulted by a man who then fled. The woman said that after getting off a city bus, a black man in his 20s wearing a brown jacket, jeans and black sneakers grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground and pulled her pants down. He fondled her but did not rape her, she said.
At 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 16, a 24-year-old woman was walking in the vicinity of Conduit Avenue when a man struck her in the back of the head and then sexually assaulted her.
Local community leaders have called meetings to address local residents’ concerns and to call on the police to aggressively pursue the investigation. A police spokesman said Saturday night that there had been no arrest.