GREAT NECK - Residents attended a meeting tonight regarding a lead police say they have on a break-in and assault at a Great Neck home.

Police say a hat left behind during the incident could help them crack two other violent crimes.

As News 12 Long Island first reported in December, the suspect allegedly left a hat behind after he broke into a Great Neck house and struggled with a 15-year-old girl. Police now say DNA from the hat has linked their suspect to two unsolved serious crimes.

Officials say the suspect may be responsible for a hammer assault on a 52-year-old woman in Hempstead and the kidnapping and rape of 2-year-old child in Loredo, Texas in 2009.

Police say the man may also be responsible for six break-ins in the Great Neck area.