Police release surveillance videos of Beacon Hill sex assault suspect

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Boston police have released two surveillance videos showing a man they say is wanted in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Beacon Hill last week.

The first video released today shows a man walking slowly down a Beacon Hill street, and then running back in the opposite direction some time later. Boston police said they want to question the man about a sexual assault that occurred around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

The second video shows what appears to be the man walking down another street, but in more detail.

It was not clear whether the man is also wanted in connection to two other sexual assaults that occurred in the same area in a 34-hour period. Police have previously said they believe the three attacks may have been perpetrated by the same person, whom the victims described as a white man in his mid-20s. between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with dark, shaggy hair that hung over his ears.

In all three cases, the attacker approached the women from behind and groped them before running away, police have said. Two of the women were attacked while trying to enter their homes.

Police are urging women in Beacon Hill to pay attention to their surroundings, avoid distractions like iPods or cellphones when walking, and to travel with a friend at night.