DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – DeKalb County police are searching for a possible serial rapist who has attacked several women over the past three months.
Michael Payne, an officer with the DeKalb County Police Public Information Office, told FOXNews.com on Friday that the rapist targets Hispanic women, thinking they might be afraid to go to the police.
Police are encouraging anyone with any information to call them, despite their immigration status.
“Many of the victims, whatever their status is, are afraid to come forward because they are afraid they will be deported,” Payne said. “But our main goal is to solve this case, and we cannot do that without their help.”
More than one of the victims also had children with them at the time of the incident, police said, but they're not sure exactly how many victims there are. They also don't know how long the attacks have been going on.
The rapist has been described as a 25 to 30-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He also has a blonde goatee.
The search of the suspect began when a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at Pleasantdale Park earlier this month. The woman told police she was at the bus stop with her 1-year old child when the man came up to them with a gun and forced them both into a car, FOX affiliate WAGA reported. The man then drove them to the park, where he raped and robbed the woman and threatened the child.
A staff member at the medical clinic the woman visited for treatment convinced her to go to the police. Police later learned there were more victims when the physical descriptions of their attacker matched the description given by the 22-year-old woman.
At least two of the assaults occurred at Pleasantdale Park.
FOXNews.com Leo D. Rommel contributed to this report.