Suspect wanted following 3 sex assaults on girls

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – Police say a 17-year-old girl walking to school near Seventh Street and Carson Road was attacked Monday morning by a man with a knife.

Police say the South Mountain High School student was forced into a vacant home on the corner and raped.

“I have two girls in the house, 17 and 18 years old. This is awfully scary,” Charise Hatchett said. “This is close to home it's like across the street.”

Police believe this same suspect is responsible for two previous attacks on a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl last November and January.

“We had two young victims west of here between Seventh and 19th avenues sexually assaulted while on their way to school, one to school and one on the way home from school,” Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said.

In each case police say the girls were walking alone, and were attacked by a man described as African American, roughly 20 years old, tall and thin, last seen wearing baggy blue jeans and a white and blue shirt.

Police say the two previous cases went cold several weeks ago.

“It's unacceptable as a community and we as police have to do everything we can to get this person off the street,” Crump said.

Police suggest talking to your kids about "stranger danger" and walking in pairs. If you know anything about this suspect or these attacks you are urged to call Phoenix police.