TULSA - Tulsa police have concerns about a possible serial rapist targeting women in east Tulsa.
Three attacks have now occurred which detectives feel could be related.
The first occurred on March 24, at the Plainview Baptist Church, 14500 block of East 21st Street; a woman was grabbed as she got out of her car.
She hit the panic button on her key fob inadvertently, which scared off the attacker and no sexual assault occurred.
A second attack happened April 1 at the Adventist Fellowship Church in the 15300 block of East 21st Street, and this time the man did sexually assault the woman but then ran when she screamed for help and reportedly she was not raped.
Disturbingly, the third attack shows an escalation in the violence, as this time the suspect produced a handgun and forced a woman into a wooded area near the 14100 block of East 26th Street.
She was raped, after which the man left on foot and told her not to move.
Police say descriptions of the attacker in all three cases is similar: A white man, possibly in his late 20s or early 30s, about six feet tall.
The rape victim described him as wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket with buttons, and said his clothes and his shoes were dirty.
Police say the man has not been seen in or near a vehicle.
The third attack happened about 10:00 p.m. April 13, whereas the first two attacks happened in the morning.
Police urge people to stay alert, be aware of their surroundings, and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in that area.