Detectives hunting a rapist who battered a teenager with a rock find CCTV of him stalking three other women that night.
A man who left an 18-year-old woman for dead after a brutal sex attack at a bus stop had already stalked three women that night before choosing his victim.
Detectives hunting the rapist have found CCTV film of him following the three potential victims in Beeston, Leeds.
One terrified woman turned around to find herself only inches from the attacker.
Another had a near escape by fleeing on a bus, and the third remains unaware of how close she was to danger.
He spotted his fourth target – a petite teenager – waiting at a bus stop in Beeston Road.
The man, thought to be in his early 20s, dragged her into a garden and battered her 20 times with a rock, fracturing her skull.
The 10-minute attack was caught on CCTV at 10.45pm on 6 March.
After his image was released, two women contacted West Yorkshire Police saying they believe he had followed them too.
Officers then found footage of him stalking three potential targets in the city from 9pm.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, leading the hunt, said: “He had been in Leeds city centre looking for victims – but didn’t get what he wanted and moved on.
“His first target was a woman in her 20s who had parked her car. He is seen walking behind her, six inches from her back pocket.
“She was so concerned she got on a bus that took her miles from where she was going.”
The man, wearing a zip-up bomber jacket over a green Puma hoodie, was then filmed stalking an unidentified woman before going out of sight of CCTV cameras.
His third target, who is in her 40s, told police the stalker had followed her for some distance out of the city centre.
“She was so concerned she headed for a shop. On reaching it she is seen on film stopping and turning to see where he is,” Det Supt Wallen said.
“As she does, she is face-to-face with him. He is only about an inch away.”
The terrified woman ran into the store and eventually left when she thought he had gone.
But CCTV shows him skulking around the corner waiting for her to leave the shop.
Det Supt Wallen added: “She was terrified for her safety. She crossed the road, walked back towards Leeds and finally got a taxi home.”
Both women said the man is about 5ft 9in tall and of Asian appearance.
Mr Wallen said the woman he left for dead is “traumatised” by her ordeal and scared to leave the house.
She escaped more serious injury because she wore a hijab and had her anorak hood up, giving some protection from the blows.
“The violence level was horrific,” he said. “You can see him hitting her with a great deal of power.
“It leads you to think he has done this before. We also feel he has not been in Britain for long.”
Police have the rapist’s DNA but it does not match any found on the UK database.
They have issued an e-fit of the suspect and footage of him walking past a Tesco Express store in Burley Road, at the junction of Westfield Terrace, at about 9.45pm on the night of the attack.
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source: Sky News