ROCKFORD (WREX) -- Rockford Police on Monday released a sketch of a man they believe is a suspect in a string of sexual assaults and strong arm robberies.
Police say the five sexual assaults happened on the city's northwest side. In all five, the suspect entered the victim's residence and sexually assaulted them. There's no indication at this time that the victims knew the suspect.
The most recent sexual assault took place last Wednesday, on Feb. 12, 2020.
The city of Rockford Government called the man a "potential serial rapist" in a Facebook post Monday night.
Police say during the two strong arm robbery incidents, the suspect made mention of sexually assaulting his victim, however, he never assaulted the victims.
Detectives from Rockford Police say they are investigating the "strong possibility" that all of these incidents are related.
The Rockford Police Department is asking residents to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and to report any suspicious activity or information.
If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 815-966-2900. You can also leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.