A woman was raped by an African suspect in broad daylight just hours before an elderly female was raped at home by another man in the same jurisdiction in France last week, according to reports.
The first of the horrifying attacks unfolded at around 10 a.m. on January 8 in Le Havre, a port city in the Normandy region.
A woman whose clothes had been torn off sought refuge at a fire station on rue Sergent-Goubin.
“Three witnesses heard the victim scream while she was in the nearby undergrowth,” a source told Actu 17.
“She had been undressed and was struggling. The intervention of these passers-by was decisive."
Firefighters managed to capture and hold the suspect until police arrived.
He was identified as a 29-year-old migrant from Sierra Leone who was already known to authorities.