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Women warned as police hunt serial rapist

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Twelve police patrol units are hunting a serial rapist who is now suspected of three rapes or attempted rapes in Örebro in central Sweden in the last few days.

"We are looking for a relatively young man of 25," said Anders Wallin of the Örebro police told the TT news agency.

Police in Örebro have now classified an assault and battery that took place on Sunday night as an attempted rape.

"Given the previous night, there is some risk that he may come again, or in our case remain outdoors," Wallin said.

On Sunday night, a woman in Örebro was attacked When she entered her home, a man unknown to her forced his way into the apartment and assaulted her.

Police initially believed it was only an assault, but have now classified the incident as an attempted rape.

"We think that it was the goal of the attack. Part of the description and methods point to it being the same perpetrator," Wallin said.

Overnight, 12 patrol units in Örebro searched for the suspected serial rapist.

"We used a lot of extra resources overnight. There are parts of the description that match each of the three independent events from the last few days. We cannot rule out that it is the same man," Wallin said.

The description is consistent for the attempted rape and rape that occurred on Sunday morning. According to Wallin, police now have "a pretty good" description of the man.

When asked if women should be careful when going out, Wallin said, "I'm not going to issue such a warning. However, we have discussed it, and as it stands right now, people should at least be observant. I do not want to make recommendations at this time."

In recent years, there have been at least a dozen unsolved rapes and attempted rapes in Örebro. According to police, they involve two different men, each of whom committed several assaults, whose descriptions match.

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