DALLAS (CBS 11) — One Dallas community is hoping to stop the next attack by a man police say could be responsible for two assaults on women just minutes apart.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
The first attack happened Friday night at the Hilton Head Apartments on McCree Road just south of I-635. A second woman soon reported a similar attack just across Jupiter Road.
A woman was walking through the parking lot of the Villas at La Risa apartment complex when a man grabbed her from behind and pulled her behind a dumpster. A neighbor who heard the screams was able to chase the attacker away, and now police are investigating if this could be the same suspect who had just been stopped by another neighbor 15 minutes earlier.
Hearing about the two attacks, Katelynn Victorio can’t help but think she could be next.
“It’s very disturbing. I’m pregnant, so I wouldn’t be able to fight him off if it would have happened to me, so it is very frightening,” Victorio said.
Victorio lives in the Villas At La Risa apartment complex where the second attack happened. Police are investigating whether that suspect, described as wearing coveralls, was the same man who was wearing gloves and had just attacked a woman across the street.
“It’s too hot. It should have been suspicious from the get-go. You know, coveralls, gloves. Somebody should automatically call and say, hey, suspicious person,” Victorio said.READ MORE: Officials React To Mesquite Officer Killed On Duty
Randy Longhenry lives across from the site of the second attack. He remembers how warm it was Friday night and wonders how the suspect could have gone unnoticed.
“You would think he would stick out like a sore thumb walking around with gloves on or coveralls,” Longhenry said.
In both cases, the women were able to escape by fighting back and screaming until a neighbor was able to help. When Quin Johnson heard the news he worried about his wife’s safety at the couple’s home in the Hilton Head Apartments, but he says he’s relieved to know he has neighbors willing to do the right thing.
“The ladies could have been attacked and nobody even bothered to tell whether they heard it or seen anything. I mean the fact that he’s still out there, that’s still a problem, but it’s good to know there’s people still out there that’s willing to help,” Johnson said.
“Most people just grab a cell phone nowadays and record it and don’t step in, but to see that there is people out there that still try to help and jump in, that’s very encouraging,” Victorio said.
In both these cases, the suspect caught the victims by surprise and covered their mouths with his hand. Police urge everyone to be aware of their surroundings, especially at night when walking from your car to your home.MORE NEWS: Fort Worth ISD Hopes To Hire Teachers 'On The Spot,' Offering Huge Incentives
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