Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a man sought in attacks on five women that occurred within a couple of hours of each other on Thursday night at different locations in Garden Grove and Anaheim.
The series of events began around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman called police to report she had been hit several times by a man while walking home along the 11300 block of Euclid Avenue, according to Garden Grove police.
About two hours later, a woman on Clarissa Street reported coming home to find a burglar in her home. The burglar, who was armed with a knife, stabbed the woman three times before fleeing, police said.
Shortly afterward, the man reportedly attacked two women outside their room at the Alamo Inn and Suites in Anaheim.
The last known assault on Thursday was reported around 10 p.m. by a woman who told police she was struck several times by a man while jogging in the 11300 block of Lampson Avenue, the release stated.
In each case the attacker was described as a white or Hispanic man in his early 20s with tattoos on both arms. He was reportedly wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans and may have had a piercing in his lower lip.
Bloodhounds used to search for the man lost his scent in a parking lot on the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue, according to Lt. Ben Stauffer. Police were asking for information from anyone who may have picked up a man matching the attacker’s description from the lot between 10 p.m. and midnight on Thursday.
Anyone with information was urged to call the Garden Grove police hotline at 714-741-5070.