DETECTIVES have issued an e-fit image of a man they believe may have raped two lone women in separate attacks at the weekend.
At 9.30pm on Saturday (July 25) a 23-year-old woman was raped in St Paul's Avenue, Willesden.
Less than four hours later, at 1am on Sunday (July 26), a 32-year-old woman walking home through Brondesbury Park, near the junction with Manor House Drive, was also grabbed by a man and raped.
On both occasions the suspect approached the victims from behind and held them around the waist.
The suspect is described as a black man, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in tall of medium build with protruding teeth.
He is between 25 and 30 years old and wore dark clothing.
In the first attack he wore a bandana. In the second he was wearing a hooded grey sweatshirt.
Brent Police Sapphire Unit, which investigates serious sexual assaults, is looking at both cases. Acting Detective Sergeant Paul Ridley is appealing for people with information to come forward.
He said: "Due to the similar circumstances and the description of the suspect, we believe these two incidents were committed by the same man.
"The suspect targeted lone females who were walking home in secluded areas at night.
"He has caused understandable distress to the victims. On both occasions the victims would have been in a struggle and screaming.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed either incident or have any information regarding the suspect.
"A male came to the assistance of victim one and assisted her in getting home. I request that he contact us.
"I would also urge people to look closely at the artist's impression of the attacker and inform us if they recognise him.
"We will treat all information we receive in confidence."
Call the Sapphire Unit at Kilburn Police Station on 0208 733 3712. To be anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.