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    Police seek help in finding Esplanade assault suspect

    A State Police camera on the Esplanade captured this photo of a man police believe assaulted a woman just after midnight Friday.
    Massachusetts State Police
    A State Police camera on the Esplanade captured this photo of a man police believe assaulted a woman just after midnight Friday.

    State Police have released security footage photos in their bid for help in identifying a man they believe assaulted a 22-year-old woman on the Esplanade near Massachusetts Avenue just after midnight Friday.

    The man also matches the description of the suspect in an early-morning attack on May 24, officials said Friday.

    A woman told police she was walking on the Esplanade near the Harvard Bridge early Friday morning when a man on a bicycle assaulted her after what the Suffolk district attorney’s office described as a “brief verbal encounter.”

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    She ran to another nearby cyclist, who called 911. State Police searched the area but could not find the suspect.

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    The woman described the man as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s or early 30s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, police said.

    The woman said he has short dark hair and a moustache and was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for the DA’s office.

    In May, police said, a man pushed a 25-year-old woman to the ground at about 2:50 a.m. near the Storrow Lagoon. Passersby rushed to help and the man ran away.

    At the time, police said the suspect was a bald white or Hispanic man, about 5 feet, 7 inches or 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

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    “Whether a connection exists between these two incidents remains under investigation,” the DA’s office said in a prepared statement Friday.

    Anyone with information about the assault can call 617-727-8817.

    A second photo of the possible suspect.
    Massachusetts State Police
    A second photo of the possible suspect.

    Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.
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