Police hunt for tattooed eastern European thug who attacked three women including a brutal rape in less than an hour on same road

  • Suspect struck along main road in Handsworth, Birmingham on September 1
  • First victim, 35, was robbed of necklace before being led to park and raped
  • Minutes later a woman, 46, was robbed of her handbag along the same road
  • Offender then caught on CCTV assaulting an unknown female before fleeing

Police have launched a manhunt for a tattooed eastern European thug who attacked three women in less than an hour along the same road and raped one of them.

West Midlands Police detectives released CCTV of the suspect who struck along the main Soho Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on September 1. 

The first victim was robbed of her necklace before being led to nearby Waverhill Park where she was raped at around 10.15pm.

The 35-year-old woman was left multiple fractures to her arm as she bravely tried to fight off her attacker.

Minutes later a 46-year-old woman was robbed of her handbag along the road, which was later retrieved by two passers-by who chased the offender. 

The offender was then caught on CCTV assaulting an unknown female before fleeing along a nearby street.

Police said the suspect is described as being eastern European, in his late 20s to early 30s, with dark brown hair and a goatee beard. 

West Midlands Police detectives released CCTV of the suspect
The attacks happened on September 1

West Midlands Police detectives released CCTV of the suspect who struck on September 1

The suspect was said to have struck along Soho Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham
He was wearing a white T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and a black leather jacket with a diagonal zip

The suspect was said to have struck in Handsworth in three separate incidents in one night

He was wearing a white T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and a black leather jacket with a diagonal zip.

Victims have also described the offender as having a tattoo on his right bicep, a circle tattoo on his neck and another tattoo on his right hand.

Superintendent Ed Foster, from the Birmingham West police unit, said: 'We're looking at three very nasty attacks on women in a short period of time. 

'The first victim suffered multiple fractures to her arm as she tried fending off the attacker.

The incidents happened along Soho Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham (file picture)

The incidents happened along Soho Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham (file picture)

'The women have provided a good description of the attacker including details of tattoos on his arm, leg and neck.

'We need to trace this man immediately and I'd urge anyone who believes they recognise him, or may have seen him in the area, to get in touch.

'We also need to trace the third victim or indeed anyone else who may have been attacked by the man but not reported the incident to police.

'All information will be handled with the utmost confidence. We just want information that will help us catch the offender and protect the public.'

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online. Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police hunt for tattooed eastern European thug

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