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'Teardrop rapist' strikes L.A. again after string of assaults 10 years ago

Police sources have confirmed that the so-called "teardrop rapist" -- who seemingly stopped his attacks after a string of sexual assaults a decade ago -- has struck again.

Authorities did not provide details in the latest attack attributed to the suspect, who has at least one teardrop-shaped tattoo beneath one of his eyes.

But police have renewed their manhunt for the attacker, who is being sought in connection with as many as 28 sexual assaults in South Los Angeles and Koreatown dating back more than 13 years.

In 2003, the LAPD appealed for help after a June attack on a 15-year-old girl.

Police said a man approached the girl, asking for directions. When she stopped to help, he pulled out a gun and steered her to an alley, where he tried to sexually assault her before running away.

Between February 1999 and January 2003, there were 20 similar incidents believed to be the work of the same suspect.

At the time of the earlier attacks, the assailant was described as a male Latino with brown eyes, brown hair, standing 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9 and weighing about 150 pounds. Witnesses at the time described him as being 30 to 40 years old.

In those earlier attacks, the suspect wore a dark hooded sweatshirt, a green bandanna and black baseball cap or dark colored beanie.