Police investigating similar rapes in Green Township

GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning after two similar sex offenses occurred in Green Township.

Police say one attack occurred in March and another recently in October.  Due to the general similarities between the two attacks, information is being released to make residents aware of them and to encourage residents to report any suspicious activity, be aware of their surroundings, and to properly secure their homes.

At this point in time a suspect has not been identified; however, investigators are awaiting tests of physical evidence in both offenses to determine if they are linked.

In October, a 15-year-old female reported being forcefully taken from her home on Starhaven, Green Township, at 5 a.m. by an unknown male.  The victim was rendered unconscious; however, recovered in the backyard as the suspect was fondling her.  The victim was able to get up and run back to her residence and immediately report the offense to police.  The suspect was described as male white.

In March, a 20-year-old female victim reported she was forcefully grabbed as she was walking to her vehicle which was parked on Calmhaven Drive, Green Township (near the above residence) and drug between two houses where the unknown assailant fondled her and threatened her with a weapon if she yelled.  The assailant then ran off with property belonging to the victim, who immediately reported the attack to police.

The suspect in the March attack is described as male white, late teens to early 20s, 5'7"-5'10", medium weight, wearing a black hoodie, black ski cap, and black nylon sweatpants.

Due to the similarities in these two attacks and the fact they were in the same general area, all residents are asked to remain alert to suspicious activity and report that activity to police immediately.

Anyone with information regarding either or both of these attacks is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 825-1500 or Crimestoppers at 352-3040.