Suspect Sketch Helps Police Make An Arrest

Suspect Sketch Helps Police Make An Arrest

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NORTH PHILADELPHIA -

An accused serial attacker is in jail charged in connection with a rape and attempted sexual assaults.

Police credit a sketch for helping the public identify Byron Mitchell. He's facing kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault charges. The incidents happened in Juniata Park.

In two of the three incidents, the suspect had a gun when he tried to force each of the women into a driveway.

The most recent incident happened in mid-October on the 4200 block of Neilson Street. Police say the man appeared from a driveway and approached a 15-year-old girl walking toward Hunting Park Avenue. She ignored him and police say the suspect grabbed her arm and threatened her but she was able to break way.

Police say the other two incidents happened prior to that. The first and the most violent was at 6:30 in the morning on the 1400 block of East Lycoming Avenue. A 22-year-old woman on the way to Erie Torresdale Train Station told police the suspect had a silver handgun, forced her into a driveway and sexually assaulted her before robbing her of 30 dollars.

Officials say DNA also helped identify the suspect.

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