Mesa police are asking for the public’s help in their attempt to find a man involved in two sexual assault and kidnapping incidents this month.
Officials say the first incident occurred around 8 p.m. near Alma School Road and Main Street on Aug. 16. A woman said the suspect offered the victim a ride. When she was in his vehicle, he pulled into a parking lot, pulled out a handgun, and sexually assaulted her. The woman was able to get out of the car and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.
Ten days later, on Aug. 26, another victim told police she was at a bus stop near Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue around 10 p.m. A man pulled up and offered her a ride. He also drove to an empty parking lot, showed the victim a handgun, and attempted to sexually assault the victim.
Police reports say both victims gave the same description of the handgun, vehicle, and suspect involved in the incidents.
The man is described as a white or possibly Hispanic man in his late 30s, with a bald head or short buzz cut. He has a muscular build.
The vehicle is an early 2000s tan Ford F150 four-door with stickers on the back window.
Police are encouraging woman not to accept any rides from strangers, under any circumstances.
You are asked to call 480-644-2211 if you have any information that could help police identify this individual.