Baltimore police have established a 24-hour tip line to collect public leads in a series of recent rapes.
The tip line, at 888-223-0033, is staffed by officers familiar with the cases, Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said Friday.
Guglielmi said the community has already stepped forth with helpful information.
The tip line was established after nine reported sexual assaults since Oct. 20.
Some of those attacks, including the most recent on Wednesday in the 2700 block of Brendan Ave., occurred near bus stops, primarily in East Baltimore. Police are investigating whether they are linked.
Investigators have released a sketch of a possible suspect in two of the bus stop attacks, in which the assailant used a shard of glass as a weapon.
Another string of sexual assaults, occurring during the same time span, seem to be related to home break-ins, according to police.