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New sketch released in Lake Tahoe assault, confrontations with women

New sketch of assault suspect.
New sketch of assault suspect. South Lake Tahoe police

A new police composite image has been released of a man who may be responsible for an assault and unnerving confrontations with women in South Lake Tahoe .

Three reports that may involve the man have occurred over the past year. Two occurred in July and the first in October.

The incident on Oct. 10 involved a woman walking on Park Avenue who was approached by a young man on a bicycle. The man told the woman that he had a gun and told her to come with him.

She ran away.

On July 25, a female visitor to South Lake Tahoe reported a robbery and attempted sexual assault in a laundry room of the Lakeland Village condominium complex at 3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

She told police a man grabbed her and tried to drag her into a storage closet. She fought back and escaped. The attacker fled with her purse.

The next day, a man on a dark-colored BMX-style bicycle approached a woman in her driveway in the Ski Run Boulevard area. His conversation mirrored that of the attacker at Lakeland Village, South Lake Tahoe police said.

He told the woman that he was 18 years old and that his name was Robert. The woman told him her family was inside the residence, causing “Robert” to quickly leave.

The suspect is described as a Latino man between 18 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a small to medium build. He had medium-length dark hair.

Police said that given the age range of the man provided by the women, it is possible that the incidents were not committed by the same man. However, enough similarities exist, some of which are not being released by police, that the department wanted to release news and sketches to the public.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews