The suspect was spotted on a bus in Plaistow shortly before the first attack
A 35-year-old woman was walking home when a man approached her from behind and raped her in Plaistow South on Monday, 1 July at around 2.40am.
Officers were called to the scene and discovered the victim also had her property stolen.
Detectives believe it is related to a second attack in Waltham Forest.
A 31-year-old woman was also approached and then raped by a man who again stole her property.
It happened in Amethyst Road, Waltham Forest, at around 4.20am on Saturday, 6 July.
The crimes are being treated as linked due to their similarity.
“These incidents have been deeply traumatic for the victims, who are being supported by specialist officers,” said Detective Superintendent, Andrew Packer.
“My teams are completing a detailed review of all the facts available so far.
“In addition to a dedicated investigation team we have extra patrols in the area to provide reassurance and these officers are actively seeking to arrest this suspect.
“Please have a good look at this photo , and let my officers know if you have any idea as to who this man is.
“I would advise any women walking alone at night to remain vigilant, to be mindful of their surroundings, and to keep family and friends informed of where they may be going. If you see anything you think is suspicious, do not hesitate – call 999 immediately.”
Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call the investigation team on 07881 330951.
Alternatively call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 777/1 July. You can call anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
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