- Associated Press - Saturday, February 11, 2017

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police say they’ve arrested a man they believe is responsible for a series of robberies and sexual assaults of elderly women in Long Beach.

Long Beach police say 39-year-old Melvin Earl Farmer Jr. was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbery, rape and assault.

Police suspect Farmer is responsible for five attacks in Long Beach since Feb. 2.

They say most of the incidents occurred at a senior housing complex. The victims were between 63 and 95 years old.

Authorities say Farmer knocked on their doors before forcing his way into their homes and assaulting them.

They say he stole purses, cell phones and cash. Farmer is also suspected of sexually assaulting some of the victims.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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