DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are warning Dallas residents about an armed serial rapist and robber who, they said, has attacked at least seven women since late June. The sexual assaults took place on six different dates — from June 22 through September 1 — all near Fair Park on the city’s southeast side.
The suspect approached women who were out walking and held them up at gunpoint, police said. He then forced them to nearby secluded areas, where he sexually assaulted and robbed them. The attacks all took place between midnight and 6:00 a.m. and have targeted women of different ages. “Our victims all range from late teens all the way into their 40s,” stated Maj. Jeff Cotner with the Dallas Police Department. “The commonality is the time of day, the geographic area of our city and that they’re walking.”
The suspect wears a mask or bandana, according to victims. He has been described as a black man in his mid-20s to 30 years old, weighing about 200 pounds and approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. The suspect also wears gold-rimmed prescription glasses, and has worn a T-shirt and basketball shorts during some of the attacks. Police have not released a composite sketch of the suspect.
While the rapist has walked up to all of his victim, authorities said, he may have driven away from some of the locations in a gray four-door Honda Civic or an older model gray four-door Volvo.
Police have stepped up patrols in the areas where the sexual assaults have occurred. They waited until now to issue an alert because of the length of time between the first two attacks. “We had this gap and we don’t know,” explained Cotner. “That’s part of our investigation is why we had this large gap of six weeks, all the way from June all the way into August.”
Anyone with information about these crimes can call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 to leave an anonymous tip. In the meantime, officials are telling women to take extra precautions to remain safe. “Walk with others,” said Cotner. “If possible, use a vehicle.”
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