Police on the trail of a serial rapist

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Police in Oslo are calling for help from the public in tracking down a Norwegian man who’s been linked to a series of sexual assaults over the past few years. They believe the suspected serial rapist struck again last month, as a wave of rapes gripped the capital.

Police have released this sketch of a suspected serial rapist in the Oslo area. ILLUSTRATION: Politiet

A police sketch of the suspect has been released, a practice not common in Norway and a sign that investigators are fairly certain that the same man is responsible for a series of assaults dating back to 2004.

He’s been described as being around 175 centimeters tall, blue-eyed with Nordic features, around 30-35 years old with dark blond hair combed back with gel. His victims have said he speaks a local Oslo dialect and has a short beard.

Newspapers Dagbladet and Aftenposten have reported that the man’s DNA has been found in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old woman on Hellerudveien in Oslo at around 1am on Saturday October 8. The victim has described her attacker as wearing a dark blue sweater with shoulder pads, possibly a military-style sweater, with a white T-shirt under it and dark trousers.

Police said they were especially keen to get in contact with a couple believed to be in their 50s who passed the victim on the street shortly before she was assaulted, in the hopes they can provide additional information as potential witnesses.

The same DNA recovered from the October assault matched DNA found in connection with the rape of a six-year-old girl at Skjetten in Romerike  in September 2008. She was lured into a garden, stripped, photographed and assaulted.

The DNA also has reportedly matched that found after a group of teenage girls filed a police report after encountering a man masturbating near a lake at Ulsrud. More cases are under investigation.

No arrests have been made and police were hoping for more tips from the public.

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