Police still seek help identifying suspect


Charleston police are still asking the public for help in identifying a man who may be responsible for three violent attacks on women in neighborhoods near the College of Charleston.

Police said the assaults occurred over the past two weeks, culminating with a rape Tuesday morning. While police are not positive the assaults are connected, they have similarities, police said.

In the first two incidents, which took place Jan. 21, the victims were punched in their faces while walking near the college in the early morning hours. On Tuesday, a woman walking on Vanderhorst Street about 1:30 a.m. was punched in the face and then dragged into a parking lot, where she was raped.

In all three cases, the attacker was described as a white man. Height descriptions range from 5 foot 7 inches to 6 feet tall. Two victims said the man had short hair.

One said it was short, brown, spiked hair. Investigators released a composite sketch of a man involved in the first attack.

Anyone who thinks they recognize the man in the drawing or who has information about the assaults is asked to call police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.