DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of residents came together in prayer in Lake Highlands after a series of rapes in their neighborhood over the past month.
Residents have been terrorized knowing a man has broken into three homes to sexually assault women.
Though Dallas Police have poured in resources and stepped up patrols, there has been no arrest, so residents felt compelled to ask for help from a higher power.
“We believe prayer is powerful and we believe we can dispel the spirit of fear that has fallen over us in the past weeks,” said Jessica Haas, who organized the prayer walk.
Haas invited friends and neighbors to participate in a prayer walk Sunday. Since the announcement, more groups announced prayers walks in four other locations in Lake Highlands.
Along with prayers, residents brought support for the victims.
“There is a collection that’s been started, not necessarily of money, but of cards, of small gifts, things that bring encouragement and comfort to these victims,” Haas said.
Residents not only prayed for the victims, but for the suspect.
Neighbors say the walk brought them hope.
“One way to get hope back is to hold onto what is true, what is good, what is right and not give into the fear,” said Tana Stampes.
Dallas police believe one suspect is responsible for all three sexual assaults. Police have the suspect’s DNA, but it does not match DNA in any database.
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