Police ask women to be on alert in North Park

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NORTH PARK — Women in North Park are being told to be on alert after a series of unsolved attacks.

“People getting knocked unconscious, people suffering fractures, broken noses, some significant injuries,” said San Diego Police Capt. David Nisleit, describing five recent attacks targeting women since June.

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 10.46.28 PMThe most recent, happened just last weekend.

Police don’t know if the incidents are related and there may be more than one suspect involved, still on the loose.

“It’s a great community and so it’s really sad that this is happening,” said Anita Walia, one of many women who packed a meeting in North Park’s Lafayette Hotel to find out what police are doing to end this string of attacks.

“We have more police in cars, on foot and on bikes patrolling,” said Capt. Nisleit.

Police asked residents to watch each others back; avoid walking alone at night, being distracted and to be more aware of their surroundings.

Residents were also asked to keep their porch lights on.

“Honestly it shouldn’t be this way, it shouldn’t be that as a female you have to abide by certain rules because you’re going to get targeted, I hope they those guys are caught,” said Walia.

The North Park Citizens Patrol who held the meeting has been handing out alert whistles and asking residents to report anything suspicious to police.

None of the attacks have amounted to sexual assault.

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