Portales police investigating Monday assault

From staff reports

Portales police are investigating three assaults that have occurred since late August that they suspect may have been committed by the same person, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry.

In all three cases, a man is accused of tearing a woman’s shirt.

“We just wanted to warn people this is out there,” Berry said. “We feel like this is probably the same person.

Berry said there’s not a lot of distance between all three attacks. That and similar descriptions of the suspect lead police to believe it could be the same person in all three.
Berry said he is uncertain about the motive in the cases. He said nothing has been taken in any of the assaults and none of them lasted long either.

The most recent assault occurred around 9 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of West University. According to police reports, a 22-year-old female from Portales was attacked at her residence as she was getting in her car.

The report says an unknown male grabbed her from behind and in the struggle her shirt was torn. She was able to pull away and get into her vehicle and leave. The victim did not report any injuries.

According to the report, the victim described her attacker as 5-foot 9-inches to 5-foot 10-inches tall, slim build, wearing a dark-colored sweat shirt, dark jeans and white shoes.
In the report, the victim stated that her attackers’ hands were white or light in complexion.

The first in the series of assaults occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 near the intersection of University Drive and Abilene. Police reports say the reporting victim, a 27-year-old female from Portales, had left a local bar on foot when she was approached from behind. According to the report, a man grabbed her by the shoulder, turning her around and then grabbed the front of her shirt, causing it to rip. He asked her what she was doing and when she didn’t reply he hit her with the back of his hand in the right temple.
The report said the victim then kicked at the man and may have kicked him in the groin. He let her go and she ran away.

The second assault occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the 200 block of South Avenue G. The victim, whose age was not reported, said she was taking the trash out to the dumpster behind her apartment when she was confronted by an unknown man in a dark jacket, according to police reports.

The report continues that he grabbed her and struck her in the left eye, then placed her up against a wall of the apartment complex, grabbing her shirt and tearing it down the middle.

The report states that the suspect fled when kids playing in a neighboring back yard made a commotion.