Authorities are searching for a man believed to have raped a young woman near the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink station on Monday, two days after assaulting another woman several blocks away, police said Friday.
In Monday's attack, a 20-year-old woman was walking alone about 10:30 p.m. on Milliken Avenue from Ontario Mills Mall toward Foothill Boulevard when she noticed a man walking quickly behind her as she approached 6th Street, Rancho Cucamonga police stated in a news advisory.
The victim told authorities the man caught up the her near Azusa Court (map) and grabbed her from behind.
The woman was pulled out of view and raped before the man fled on foot toward the Metrolink station, according to the news advisory.
Two days earlier, the same man was believed to have attacked another woman as she returned to her apartment complex on Church Street near Milliken Avenue (map) at about 10:45 p.m., police stated.
The 20-year-old victim was also walking alone when she was confronted by a man who punched her, grabbed her and pulled her toward a dark area.
After struggling with the man, the woman was able to get away and run to safety. The attacker fled on foot, according to the advisory.
Both women described the attacker as a black man in his late 30s to 40s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.
The man had a short "scruffy" black beard and was wearing a dark hoodie with dark clothing, according to the advisory.
Police released a sketch of the attacker in hopes of identifying him.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Ryan Ford at 909-477-2800.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can call "We-Tip" at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463).