CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who sexually assaulted and robbed a woman on a greenway in Charlotte’s University City area Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. near E. Mallard Creek Church Road. Police say a man approached the woman from behind and pulled her to the ground before strangling her until she lost consciousness. The victim woke to find the man on top of her. He then ran from the scene.
The attacker is described as a black male around 6 feet tall and around 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
An unrelated assault happened on the same greenway over a month ago, police say. In that attack, the victim was also grabbed from behind and struggled with her attacker before pepper spraying him.
The suspect in that case is described as a bald Hispanic male with a patch of hair below his lower lip. He is around 5’7” tall and approximately 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black long sleeved t-shirt and jeans. He had a possible tribal like tattoo on the right side of his neck and a square gold ring on his pinky.
Police say the man faces a list of charges, including assault by strangulation, forcible sex offense common law robbery and felony larceny.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call 704-334-1600.
Police are increasing their bike and dirt bike officers on the greenways throughout the week and weekend as they continue to investigate.