Police release picture of suspect in violent sex assaults

SAN DIEGO – Authorities asked the public Tuesday to be on the lookout for a man suspected of committing a pair of brutal sex assaults in University City and Mission Valley, each of which left a woman hospitalized with traumatic injuries.

San Diego police Capt. Brian Ahearn announced Tuesday that they are searching for 24-year-old Jeremiah Ira Williams. He is considered armed and dangerous and possibly in San Diego County.

Williams, 24, allegedly threatened the victims with a pistol and beat and choked both of them during the crimes, according to police.

Williams is suspected in two assaults that happened on August 13 and 14.  Williams is a 5-feet, 11 inches tall black man who has tattoos of wings on both arms, "210" on his right wrist and an outline of the state of Texas on left forearm.

On August 13, a man followed a woman through her parking complex to her University City home before forcing her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The 28-year-old woman was walking toward her home in the Venetian Apartments at 3929 Nobel Drive Saturday around 10:30 p.m. when she noticed a man following her through the parking garage, SDPD Lt. Paul Phillips said. As she unlocked her apartment door, the armed man knocked her to the ground and demanded she give him money.

He proceeded to force woman into her apartment and choked her before sexually assaulting her, Phillips said. He ran away. The victim suffered facial fractures and remained in the hospital.

The man was brazen enough to stalk the victim through well-lit areas before attacking her, Phillips noted.

Jeremiah Ira Williams (San Diego Police Department)

Jeremiah Ira Williams (San Diego Police Department)

Police received a report three days later of a 23-year-old woman who reported being sexually assaulted in a room at the Motel 6 at 4370 Alvarado Canyon Road on August 14.

The suspect, who she recently met, entered her room, choked and sexually assaulted her before hitting her in the head with a handgun, police said. The suspect ran away after the victim yelled for help.

Police said they received a call about a man hitting a woman on August 14 at the motel. When they arrived they found the armed man - identified as Williams - in a canyon, but the woman - who was bleeding from the head - left the area in a car.

Williams was cited on misdemeanor gun charge and released.

Police collected evidence from the motel and later linked it to the 23-year-old woman's claim.

Evidence from both assaults were tested at a police crime lab. On Monday, detectives were notified by the lab technicians that the evidence identified Williams as the suspect in both crimes, police said.

Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest. People can report tips and stay anonymous by calling (888) 580-8477, visiting their website, or by texting to CRIMES (274637).