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Man Wanted in Wetlands Park Sex Assaults

There may be more victims of a man who sexually assaulted at least three women in South Los Angeles Wetlands Park since October, police said Tuesday.

Detectives released a sketch of the man, and are asking everyone who uses the park to be on alert, and for anyone with information to come forward.

"Females have been in the park exercising, walking, he approaches them, sexually assaults them physically. Holds them down," said Officer Valentine Flores of LAPD's Newton Division Sex Crimes Unit.

Each time, the women fought back, which they believe may have saved their lives, police said.

"We believe that he is the same suspect who has committed the three sexual assaults and we believe there may be many more that have not been reported yet," said Cmdr. Michael Rimkunas.

Neighbors said they are on edge at the park near Avalon Boulevard and 54th Street.

"Parks are for the people. And once you feel that you can't go to the park, that's terrible," said Donna Wright. "My mind says I hope they catch him."

It's led to a change in routine for those who thought they were safe.

"I usually run to this park and I actually feel safe," said Jocelyn Hernandez. "Once I heard about it right now, I'm nervous about it right now, actually."

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