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PBSO: Serial rapist strikes again

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX)  A serial rapist in Palm Beach County has apparently struck again.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is now linking a September 23rd sexual assault to four other attacks.

According to the sheriff's office, a 22-year-old female was attacked at 6:10am while walking on 10th Avenue North near Canal Street, just east of the Esperanza Apartments.

The victim described her attacker as 5'05" to 5'06" and pudgy, with shoulder-length dark hair, and a Spanish accent.

The suspect took the victim into bushes located approximately six feet from the sidewalk where they fought. He bit the victim twice in the face after she bit one of his index fingers. The bites did not break the skin but did leave an impression, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect held the victim down with his arm across her throat and she lost consciousness. She woke up with her pants off and purse missing.

Investigators say he might still have the purse, which has a peace sign on one side of it.

All five assaults happened in an area spanning from Jupiter to Lake Worth between April 2009 and last month.

The sheriff's office wants neighbors in the area of the latest attack to stay on the lookout.

"I know that you have people that walk and talk on cell phones, at the same time they need to be more alert of their surroundings. If they're walking in their neighborhood to have someone go with them," said Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Captain Carol Gregg.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Colonel Jim Storms added, "The sheriff's office takes this investigation very seriously; we will continue to use every resource necessary to put this extremely violent subject behind bars."

Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

If you have any information, call 1-800-458-TIPS.

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