NLRPD, Sherwood PD believe suspect is targeting, attacking women

A woman tells police she was attacked on the Mary Anne Salmon Walking Trail on Easter Sunday, and detectives think the suspect is linked to other assaults. (Photo: KATV)

Police are investigating several attacks on women in North Little Rock and Sherwood and whether they could be linked.

The victims in six separate attacks described the same man.

The timeline starts with an assault reported around 10:00 p.m. on March 17th in North Little Rock. Releasing limited details, police say a woman was sexually assaulted at an unknown address along McCain Blvd.

Police later saw a connection with two incidents that happened on Saturday, March 25th.

Around 11:00 p.m. at the Fox and the Hound Sports Tavern in North Little Rock, two women reported a man jumping into their car, threatening to shoot them.

The women told police he held up an object as if it were a gun, but when they realized it wasn’t, they took off running.

Shortly after, a woman reporter being abducted from the Buffalo Wilds Wings parking lot in Sherwood, then sexually assaulted in a nearby neighborhood.

In both cases, victims described the suspect as a black man, standing 5’6” – 5’8”, in his 20’s or 30’s, wearing a red hoodie.

"It seems to be the same person that's done these,” says Sgt. Brian Dedrick, Public Information Officer for North Little Rock Police Department. “And these have varied from a couple of sexual assaults in our city to a couple of terroristic threatenings and batteries."

On April 11th, around 2:15 a.m., a woman working at Wendy’s reported being robbed near the 4700 block of Allen, by a man matching the same description.

Another sexual assault happened in the Levy area, but police are not releasing details on what happened at this time.

The most recent attack was reported around 11:24 a.m. on Easter Sunday, on the Mary Anne Salmon Walking Trail.

A woman told police she was jogging on the trail, with headphones in her ears, when she saw a man hold up his and as if to wave at her. At that point, the woman says the suspect hit her in the face and head, then tried to pull her towards the woods.

The woman was able to fight the man off, then run towards other joggers who called 911.

That suspect matched the same description in the previous cases.

"I was just devastated, because the trail is just so beautiful,” says Linda Pledger, who walks the trail often. “I'll never be able to walk it alone."

Pledger says she has walked on the trail for years, and has never feared for her safety until now.

Police do not have any surveillance images of the suspect, only descriptions from the women.

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