The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released these drawings of a man who has sexually assaulted three women in the area of I-80, Madison Avenue and Watt Avenue since September 2013.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says a serial rapist is on the loose, and he is getting more violent with each attack.
Authorities said the rapist has struck three separate times in the last four months along the Interstate 80 corridor at Madison and Watt avenues in northern Sacramento County.
Detectives believe it's the same man behind each of the rapes based on the location of the attacks and the similarities in the attacks. The sexual assaults took place on 4:30 a.m. Jan. 8; 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 4:20 a.m. on Sept. 19 near I-80 and Watt and Madison avenues.
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Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said in the most recent assault, the woman was kidnapped on Auburn Boulevard and driven to an area near I-80 and Madison Avenue where she was raped and physically assaulted.
Each of the victims gave descriptions of their rapist to a sketch artist, which resulted in three sketches. The victims described the assailant as a black man, between 20 and 40 years old with a big build. His head was shaved or his hair was worn in a short Afro. His glasses had rectangular-shaped lenses.
In Wednesday's attack, the rapist used a car for the first time. The car was described as a red, older model "box-type" 4-door vehicle. It was also the first time he used a weapon on the victim described as sharp-edged and causing significant injuries.
Detectives said the rapist's modus operandi has escalated and he has become bolder. Heis picking his victims at random. The attacks don't have much in common other than the victims were alone on a busy street when they were assaulted.
Detectives urged anyone with information about the identity of the attacker or the assaults to please contact the sheriff's Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.comby entering the keyword "SSD," or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).