Phoenix police think serial rapist might have changed his appearance

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX - Phoenix police believe the man they are hunting in a string of rapes might have changed his appearance.

Police say three girls, ages 10, 12, and 17, have been sexually assaulted by the same man over the last few months.

Each time the girls have been walking to or from school. Officers said the suspect drags the girl to an abandoned home where he assaults her.

South Mountain Precinct Cmdr. Chris Crockett recently told a crowd in South Phoenix to allow their children to carry phones or whistles and to avoid letting their kids walk alone or linger in front of abandoned homes.

Police said they only have a vague suspect description. They're looking for a black male between the ages of 15 and 20 who is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs between 110 and 160 pounds.

The victims said he has a deep voice and short hair. Officers said the girls' young ages and the trauma involved in the attacks has made it too difficult to get enough detailed information to create a composite sketch.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.