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Saitama cops: Person in dress suspected in 2 assaults

Saitama police have received reports of a person in a dress assaulting two persons in Saitama City on Tuesday (TBS News)

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police are searching for a person of unknown gender suspected in a pair of assaults of young women in Saitama City early Tuesday who was last seen wearing a dress, reports Sankei Shimbun (May 23).

At just past midnight, a perpetrator pushed a 19-year-old girl off her bicycle as she was returning home on a street in Minami Ward and grabbed her bag. The teenager resisted the attack, forcing the suspect to flee the scene empty-handed on a bicycle, police said. The girl suffered light injuries to a knee.

About 15 minutes later, an unknown person molested the upper body of another female teenager on a street 1.2 kilometers away from the other incident, police said.

Police believe both crimes were committed by the same person, likely a man. He was described as wearing a pink or beige one-piece dress. The suspect stands about 170 centimeters tall with long hair. The person is wanted on suspicion of  robbery resulting in injury and indecent assault.