HONOLULU (AP) - A third sexual assault of a woman in an apartment in seven months has Honolulu police worried that a repeat rapist might be behind the attacks.
The latest attack was Sunday at a Cedar Street apartment.
Criminal Investigation Division Maj. Richard Robinson said the cases are the first "series" Honolulu has had since the Mililani rapes of the late 1990s, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.
He called it a "a very rare occurrence" for the city.
"I'm very confident we will bring it to an end very, very rapidly," he said Tuesday at a news conference.
The descriptions of the suspect range from 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 3 inches and from 175 to 250 pounds. However, the behavior has been similar in all three assaults, Robinson said.
The attacker at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday forced his way into the woman's apartment and sexually assaulted her.
The woman said the man was 20 to 30 years old with curly black hair, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds.
The first attack was at 10:25 a.m. May 28. A woman reported that a man in his 20s approached her from behind as she tried to enter her apartment on Ahana Street. The woman said the man struck her, knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. She described him as 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with short, spiky black hair and brown eyes.
The second attack was June 13. A woman said a man in his 30s entered through the sliding door of her apartment on Aala Street while she slept and assaulted her. She described him as 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He wore a dark red shirt and khaki cargo pants.
Police Chief Louis Kealoha said investigators hope anyone with information on the suspect will call police.