05/10/2013 20:39 EDT | Updated 07/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Police seek suspect after two women attacked

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect after two women were attacked in separate incidents last week in Vancouver.

The first attack happened on May 4, shortly after 10 p.m. PT. Police say a 22-year-old Vancouver woman was walking on West Pender Street near Granville Street when a man followed her and attempted to start a conversation.

He continued to follow her on Pender Street to Cambie Street, where he pushed her into a parking lot and knocked her to the ground, police say.

The victim, who told police she believed the man was going to sexually assault her, fought back. The man fled when witnesses took notice of the woman's screams.

The second attack happened on May 5 around 2:30 a.m. PT. Police say a 26-year-old Vancouver woman was standing at the Cambie Pub on Cambie Street near Cordova street when she was grabbed by a man and dragged into a nearby lane.

The victim told police that she believed the man was going to sexually assault her. She also fought back and a witness intervened, prompting the man to flee westbound in the lane.

The suspect is described as white, 20 to 30 years old, five foot six to five foot ten, with a medium build. He was wearing long shorts, a dark sweater and a dark baseball cap.

Police believe the same person is responsible for both attacks and that the attacks were sexually motivated.

Anyone with information about either attacks or anyone who recognizes the man in the photos is asked to call Vancouver police at 604-717-0604 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.