Women Try To Create Good Habits To Protect Themselves

Police say they do not know if the man who sexually assaulted a woman yesterday morning, is the same man responsible for two sexual assaults over the summer. The descriptions of both men are similar, but police say they need evidence to prove it's the same person. Police provided a description, and a sketch of a man a couple weeks ago. Police say this man sexually assaulted two Tyler women, one at Rose Rudman Park, and the other at an apartment complex formally known as Lexington Downs. He's described as a black male in his early 20s. He's about 5'10" and 150lbs. He has short hair and just prior to the second assault, he called himself Chris.

That description is very similar to the man, police say sexually assaulted a woman on West Erwin Street around 8:30 a.m. yesterday. This man is also described as a black male. He's about 5'10 with a thin build. His head is shaved and he has a thin mustache. Again, police say they do not know if it's the same person, but they want women to stay alert, and women in Tyler are doing just that. They say they try to create good habits that make them feel safer.

"I park in well lit areas and I try not to go alone at night by myself, you know it's dangerous," said Jennifer Foster from Palestine.

"At home I just don't leave the door unlocked anymore," said Kristen Edney of Tyler. "We keep it locked." It's those little things , women say they are now much more aware of.

"I think about it more than I used to because of hearing things on the news that it's happening more," said Sandy Minton from Palestine. "I make sure I park in the front more than the back of the store."

"I'm just more aware of my surroundings, and I always carry my cell phone with me and a whistle," said Sherry Davis from Tyler. Some women say they feel safer when they carry their keys.

"I just carry my keys pointed out, that way they don't know what it is," said Edney. "It could be some sort of protection that he don't know what it is, but he sees something in my hand."

"At Wal-mart even I always carry my keys in my hand, so that way I can get in my car quickly," said Davis. Most importantly, women say know what's going on around you.

"If someone comes up and starts talking to me, asking me questions and things, I make sure to keep my eye on this person," said Barbie Mayfield. "I'm aware of this person because they might try to follow me." Women also say keep each other informed. Tell your friends what you hear in the news, and know who you should be looking out for.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com