Bellingham police have released sketches of a suspect in the attempted abductions of a woman and a teenage girl last Friday near Bellis Fair Mall.

The attacker in both cases is described as white, in his 20 s, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. He had lighter-colored facial hair and dark rimmed, oval shaped glasses. He wore blue jeans and a black, hooded sweatshirt.

The first attack happened around 8:20 a.m. in the 700 block of West Bakerview Road. Police said the 13-year-old girl told them she was waiting for the bus when a man approached her and told her to go with him. When she refused, the man allegedly punched her in the face and sprayed her in the eyes with an unknown substance.

The girl ran home to her parents. The attacker did not follow.

The victim was checked out at the hospital, but had no apparent injuries.

The second attack happened around 7:10 p.m. in the 4100 block of Aldrich Road, less than a half-mile from the first attack. Police said a 24-year-old woman told them she was walking alone when a man came up from behind, grabbed her arm and then sprayed her in the eyes with an unknown substance. He told her to go with him, but she refused and yelled. The attacker ran away.

The victim was checked out by medics.

Anyone with information is asked to call Jana Bouzek at 360-778-8826.

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