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Medical Center rapist may have struck again

Woman, 24, reported sexual assault Monday night

SAN ANTONIO – A sexual assault this week of a woman who lives in the Medical Center area may be tied to a series of attacks in that part of the city, police said.

San Antonio police confirmed the woman, 24, reported the attack around 11 p.m. Monday, saying that a man forced his way into her apartment as she was entering it.

A preliminary report said the woman told investigators that the man had a gun and sexually assaulted her once he was inside her home.

Residents of an apartment complex on Babcock Road told KSAT 12 News the attack happened there.

Related: Police release video, sketch of possible Medical Center attacker

One woman, who did not want to be identified, said management sent out an email, alerting her and her neighbors about the situation.

"It was just a sexual assault. No details or anything," she said.  "They said it happened in the complex. We got it, I think, a day and a half after it happened."

Police said the assault bears some striking similarities to a series of attacks on women in that area of town, dating back at least January. Some of the other victims were also raped, according to police.

After an attack in February, police released a sketch of the suspect and surveillance video of him from another nearby apartment complex.

People at the site of Monday night's attack confirmed that they were told the same man was involved.

Related: SAPD issues warning after attacks on women in Medical Center

"The email included a sketch that looked like it came from a police report," the unidentified resident said.

Women who live in the area have already been on high alert since hearing the news earlier this year.

A woman, who identified herself as Nancy L., said she taking her safety into her own hands, which includes carrying a big wooden stick wherever she goes.

"This is for extra added protection," she said. "Anything that can help me or anybody, actually, I think, is a good idea. And I've had it for a while. I intend to use it if I have to."

The San Antonio Police Department's public information office declined to talk on camera about the latest attack, telling KSAT 12 News they've said enough about it in the past.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call San Antonio Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP (7867).

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