Birmingham police release sketch of rape suspect

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The Birmingham Police Department has issued a composite of a suspected rapist on Thursday.

The composite comes as Birmingham police continue to investigate two crimes against women on Birmingham's Southside last week. One woman was raped and the other had a gun pointed at her.

Police have concentrated their forces in the area where the two incidents happened. The alleged rape was on Thursday morning on Altamont road with the victim being a female jogger.  Then just two days later, police say another female jogger was approached by a man as she ran near the Highland Golf Course. He was in a car and pointed a gun at the woman but never left the vehicle. She was able to run away.

Police have previously released descriptions of the suspects in both cases. In the rape case, police say they are looking for a black male who is 6'2" tall and weighs about 180 pounds. In the case near the Highland Golf Course, police are looking for a black male driving a mid size gold vehicle.

Police say, at this time, it is possible that there are two different suspects involved in these cases.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper warns that joggers should avoid the area for now and try to run in well-populated areas with a partner.

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