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Lansing police have released a composite sketch of a man accused of robbing elderly residents and sexually assaulting one of them in two separate incidents. 

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LANSING — Police have released a composite sketch of a man accused of robbing elderly residents and sexually assaulting one of them in two separate incidents. 

Residents are asked to report anything suspicious and remain vigilant in their neighborhoods, according to a news release from the Lansing Police Department. 

At 10 a.m. Sunday, an elderly homeowner of the 17100 block of Lorenz Avenue told police he had been robbed when he arrived home and exited his garage.

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a home in the 17100 block of Greenbay Avenue for a home invasion, the release states. Greenbay Avenue is one block east of Lorenz Avenue.

In the first case, the suspect approached the elderly man, demanding his phone and money, and then walked him inside his home for more money, according to police. The suspect then fled.  

Responding officers were unable to locate him, police said. 

In Thursday's incident, an elderly woman told police she was approached inside her garage by a man with a description similar to the first suspect.

She said when she pulled into her attached garage from an alleyway, the man demanded money and took her into her home.

The woman told police she was sexually assaulted by the man, who took several jewelry items before fleeing. 

The suspect is described as a black male, about 30 years old, with short hair, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium build and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone who sees something suspicious in the area matching the description of the suspect or have video surveillance of the area in question is urged to call the police department's Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150. 

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the suspect was armed with a weapon. The Times regrets this error. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.