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Somerville police release sketch of indecent assault suspect

Sketch of suspect released by Somerville police

Sketch of suspect released by Somerville police

Somerville police have released a sketch of a man suspected of indecently assaulting a woman near Union Square on Sunday, in the second such assault in the past week in the city.

The assailant attacked a 45-year-old woman on Hawkins Street near Somerville Avenue, police said.

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The suspect was described by police as a possibly white or Hispanic man in his late 20s, with a medium build and brown eyes. He was wearing a black zip-up sweater and a beanie cap with earflaps, police said.

In the earlier assault, reported on Jan. 9, a 28-year-old woman was indecently assaulted while she walked in the Porter Square area.

The suspect in that assault was described by police as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches, with a thin, athletic build. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a red ski jacket with black under the armpits and dark pants, police said.

The second suspect’s description closely resembles that of a man in a similar assault reported on Nov. 18. Police are investigating whether they are the same person.

Police cautioned residents, especially women, to avoid poorly lit areas, not to wear earbuds while walking, and not to walk alone at night. Somerville police also urged anyone with more information on the suspects to contact their anonymous tipline.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com.
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