CONCORD -- A handful of people walked dogs Wednesday morning on a popular neighborhood trail where Concord police say a youth has reportedly groped three women over the past two months.

The larger walking crowd usually arrives in the evening, but for the morning anyway, reports of the groper and the release of a suspect sketch on Wednesday didn't seem to keep people away from the trail connecting North and South Larwin avenues.

Police said the male suspect -- believed to be a teenager -- has groped women three times since March 22. The offenses, which Concord police Lt. David Hughes said are considered misdemeanor sexual battery, occurred along a stretch of trail surrounded by a residential ¿neighborhood on one side and a school on the other.

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In each case, the suspect approached an adult woman and groped her from behind, then ran away. None of the women was injured or threatened, and Hughes said the suspect has not used a weapon.

Police believe the youth lives in one of the neighborhoods that surround that trail. At the time of each incident, the park was open and school was out.

The latest incident happened May 5 at 8:45 p.m., only four days after the suspect struck at 6:55 p.m. May 1, Hughes said. The first reported battery happened on March 22, a Saturday, at 11:57 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call Concord police Detective Tamra Roberts at 925-671-3235. Anonymous tips can be left at 925-603-5836.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.