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BOSTON (CBS) — Boston police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who is grabbing women and stealing purses.

Police have received three reports in four days from women who reported either their buttocks were grabbed or purse stolen by a black man on a bicycle.

Authorities believe it is the same man in each incident.

His description varies slightly in each report, but each assault happened in the same vicinity.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

On Saturday a woman says her purse was stolen around 8:30 a.m. at the JFK MBTA station. The suspect was described as being black, six feet tall, 20 to 25 years old, wearing a long black jacket with a hood, and was riding a red and black bike.

The next assault happened Monday at noon when the suspect grabbed a woman twice also in the area of the JFK MBTA station. The victim described the suspect as being black, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 25 to 30 years old, wearing a black puffy jacket, and riding a red mountain bike.

The third assault happened Wednesday when a woman said a man grabbed her buttocks around 3:15 p.m. at F St and W 8th St. She described the suspect as being black, 5 foot 6 inches tall, 16 to 20 years old, wearing a black jacket with fur around the hood and riding a dark-colored bicycle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit at 617-343-4400 or through the CrimerStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

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