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Portland police are asking residents of the Deering Highlands neighborhood to be cautious as officers investigate a pair of area attacks in which victims gave similar descriptions of their assailant.

Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Highland Street resident found a man trying to break into his home through a window, and the pair fought briefly before the intruder “fled” toward Brighton Avenue, police said Wednesday.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his 30s with a pale complexion and dark facial hair. He is roughly 6 feet tall and was wearing glasses and dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt, according to a police spokesman.

This description is similar to one police received of a man suspected of forcing his way into an apartment in the neighborhood last month.

Around 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, a woman opened the door of her Woodford Street apartment and a man forced his way in and assaulted her, Lt. Robert Martin said.

The woman told police her attacker was a white man in his 30s with a “pasty complexion” and “patchy” brown beard. She said he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, slim and wearing a blue, knit New England Patriots cap, a puffy gray or blue jacket and blue jeans, according to Martin.

The earlier incident was reported to police on Dec. 1, and both are under investigation, Martin said in a statement. He reminded people of the relative rarity of violent crime in Portland but advised residents to take care.

“Because of the proximity between these two crimes and the similarities in the suspect descriptions, we are asking residents in these neighborhoods to be extra cautious,” he said.

Portland police ask that anyone with information about these incidents contact them Portland at 207-874-8575.