Police have arrested a suspect they say is responsible for sexually assaulting two women on Long Island.
The assaults both took place in Valley Stream.
In the first, on August 12, the suspect was on a bicycle and approached a 30-year-old woman who walking on Mill Road at around 9 p.m. He grabbed her from behind, punched her in the face, and tried to rip off her shirt and pin her to the ground. He fled on his bicycle after the victim fought him off.
In the other assault, a 60-year-old victim was walking on a hiking path in Valley Stream Park at around 11:10 a.m. last Sunday when she was raped.
The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted sexual abuse by the Nassau County Police department and first degree rape, second-degree assault and strangulation by New York State Park Police.
It is unclear whether he will also be charged with a third sexual assault in Lynbrook that police said may have been connected to the other two.