Santa Cruz police released a sketch this week of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted two women in the city earlier this month.The assault happened in the early morning hours of Oct. 23. Two 21-year-old women from Santa Cruz were walking on Blackburn Street near Laurel Street when they heard footsteps behind them, according to police.The victims moved to the middle of the street to see who was approaching them when the suspect came up behind them and grabbed one of the women under her skirt, police said.The suspect grabbed the second woman by the ankle in an attempt to knock her to the ground. Both women yelled at the suspect, who did not say anything to the victims before he ran away, according to police.The women reported last seeing the man running toward downtown Santa Cruz, but he was not found by police. Neither woman was injured during the attack.The suspect is about 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 185 pounds. He is described as having a light complexion and heavy build, and “military-style” hair.He was wearing a short-sleeved blue shirt with white writing or a graphic on the front, and blue jeans, according to police.Police developed a sketch of the suspect based on the victims’ description. The sketch is available at Based on the suspect description, Santa Cruz police believe he may be responsible for similar attacks that have occurred in the area in the past several months.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the investigations section of the Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 420-5820.
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