NEW YORK (AP) – Police are investigating two separate reports by women who say they were accosted outside a trendy Lower East Side celebrity hangout, driven over a bridge and raped.

Investigators suspect the same man may have attacked the victims at around 3 a.m. on weekend nights almost a month apart. Both were patrons of The Box nightclub.

In the first incident on Sept. 30, a 25-year-old woman said she was standing in front of the club when she was grabbed from behind, put in a white sport utility vehicle and forced to drink an unknown liquid. Her assailant left her stranded in Queens.

A 23-year-old woman reported that she trying to hail a cab outside the same address 3 a.m. Saturday when a man in a black sedan stopped. Thinking it was a livery cab, she got in, then was attacked.

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