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A Long Beach man has been arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults dating back to May, and authorities are looking for other victims.

Christopher Royal Starr, 33, was arrested Thursday and convicted on three counts of sexual assault following a thorough investigation, the Long Beach Police Department said.

He is believed to have been involved in at least eight sexual assault incidents that occurred between May 30 and September 24, 2021.

Most of the victims were women walking alone, police said.

In several incidents, the attacker appeared to be jogging, “and as he walked past the victim, he would commit a sexual assault and flee on foot,” they said. In one incident, the attacker was driving an electric scooter.

The batteries occurred between Alamitos Avenue east of Redondo Avenue and Ocean Boulevard north to Anaheim Street.

Police released a list of approximate dates and times and locations:

  • May 30, 2021, approximately 5:38 p.m. near Redondo Avenue and Anaheim Street area
  • June 29, 2021, around 9:52 a.m., near the 3rd Street and Cherry Avenue area
  • August 16, 2021 around 3:58 p.m., near Orizaba Avenue and 4th Street area
  • August 16, 2021, approximately 10:27 p.m., near Temple Avenue and 4th Street area
  • August 30, 2021 at approximately 9:26 a.m. near Alamitos Avenue and East Broadway area
  • September 3, 2021, around 10:27 a.m., near the Alamitos Avenue and 3rd Street area
  • September 12, 2021, around 2:03 p.m., near the Alamitos Avenue and 2nd Street area
  • On September 24, 2021, around 2:03 p.m., near the Redondo Avenue and 4th Street area

Starr was arrested at his home. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, according to police records.

Authorities are looking for additional victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Long Beach Police Department. William Neal at (562) 570-7368.

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