Police investigating a series of sexual attacks on Marines and Army soldiers

WILMINGTON, NC (WITN) - Police are looking for a man responsible for a series of assaults, they say could be targeting servicemen, who are Marines and Army soldiers in the east.

The crimes are disturbing and could involve victims being drugged before the assault.

Wilmington Police believe the man in these crimes has already assaulted at least 11 men and possibly more while they were in downtown Wilmington.

The Wilmington police chief said they are re-interviewing the victims, however, those victims tell police they do not remember much about the attacks.

Chief Ralph Evangelous says it's possible the victims were drugged.

Wilmington police have now linked 11 cases dating back to January 2018. Seven victims serve in the U.S. military, either in the Marines or Army.

The most recent, involving at least four victims, may have been sexually assaulted, according to police.

The chief said investigators linked the crimes about a month ago after the nature of the crimes escalated.

"As this thing started percolating again this summer we started going back and re-reading reports and there's a specific MO that I cannot talk about because it's critical to the case that as we started re-reading reports back in 18," said Chief Evangelous.

The chief believes one man is behind all the attacks and said there may be more victims who have not come forward yet.