Around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, the man coerced a woman behind an abandoned home in the 2200 block of O.C. Haley Boulevard and attempted to sexually assault her, but she fought him off and escaped, according to a news alert issued by the NOPD. The man then found another woman, told her the first woman was waiting for her in an abandoned lot in the 2100 block of O.C. Haley, and then sexually assaulted her there, police said.
The suspect is described as a thin, 6-foot-tall black man in his 40s wearing dark jeans and a red-and-black Polo-style shirt, police said. He is believed to be homeless and living under the interstate at O.C. Haley and Calliope.
Anyone with information should call Detective Vernon Haynes of the Special Victim Section at 658-5521 or, to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.