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Burglary, attempted sexual assault suspect, Madison police photo

Madison police are seeking help identifying this person of interest in a break-in and assault at a Downtown residence in the early morning hours of Aug. 25.

A burglar and sexual offender may be targeting women Downtown, Madison police said in asking for help in identifying a suspect in a surveillance photo.

Both crimes targeted women in the early morning hours in the same geographic area, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.

The first incident in the 600 block of North Frances Street at about 4:15 a.m. Aug. 25 was reported as a break-in and attempted sexual assault. DeSpain clarified that the attempted sexual assault was a fourth-degree sexual assault. Specifically, the woman said she was groped, he said.

An image of the suspect in the incident was captured by surveillance camera.

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The second incident happened about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a woman awoke to find an intruder near her bed, DeSpain said. He fled when she yelled, DeSpain said.

The suspect in Tuesday’s incident was described as a black or Hispanic man about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 tall and 200 pounds, with a light complexion, short “buzzed” hair, and a round face with a thin, chin-line beard and mustache. We was reportedly wearing a red baggy sweatshirt and shorts at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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