LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are warning residents to beware after a sexual assault and at least two carjackings along the west Broadway corridor in recent days.

According to a post from Lt. David Allen on the LMPD Facebook page, the carjackings happened on Broadway between 31st Street and Shawnee Park. Allen says the attacks were violent, and one resulted in "a very heinous sexual assault."

Allen says the suspect appears to be targeting occupied vehicles in parking lots along west Broadway.

"It is wrong," said Kay Pope, who lives just yards from where one carjacking reportedly happened.

"I will take a stick to (the suspect)," Pope said."There is no reason for anybody to be threatened like that."

Workers at the 3 Brothers Broadway Food Mart, off 41st Street, say one of the carjackings happened near their property. The store owner tells us he turned over his security footage to LMPD.

Women in the West End said they're on high alert and outraged.

"If he comes in my car, I'm sorry, I will have to lay him out," said Marvina Duncan. "Because I'm not getting raped. No means no."

The suspect is described as a black male between 18 and 22 years old, tall and slender with a smooth complexion. 

Allen offered a few tips to avoid becoming a carjacking victim:

  • Park in well lit areas.
  • Always have easy access in and out of the parking lot.
  • Spend as little time as possible inside a parked car. 
  • Always observe your surroundings.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 502-574-LMPD (574-5673). Callers can remain anonymous. 

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