Serial Rapist in Lubbock? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/31/06

Serial Rapist in Lubbock?

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Lubbock Police are on alert for a possible serial rapist.

"Certainly there appears to be a pattern," Lt. Roy Bassett with the Lubbock Police Department said.

Three rapes in just eight days, and now Lubbock Police are piecing together similar patterns and characteristics and say there is something in common.

"The suspect's actions more than anything are leading investigators to believe this is most likely the same suspect," Bassett said.

The rapist appears to be targeting the area south of downtown, between Avenue A and Avenue Q late at night.

The first happened Friday, May 19th about 10:45pm in the 4400 block of Avenue P. Then last Wednesday, another attack at 19th and Avenue A around 1:30am. Then just after midnight Friday, another victim was raped in the 1300 block of 23rd Street.

"In each case, a weapon was displayed. Two individual times, a stun gun was used and the first used to incapacitate the victim so the suspect could put her into the vehicle, and the other was trying to get out and a stun gun was used," Bassett said.

In each case, the suspect covered the victim's heads. And in two incidents, he bound their hands and feet - the other just her hands.

"Things like that tend to point toward one suspect," Bassett said.

Police say each victim is giving a similar description of their attacker. The suspect is either a white or Hispanic man, 25 to 35 years old, between 5'7" - 6" tall, 190 to 210 pounds, with a muscular build. He has short hair, either blonde or light brown - possibly a crew cut.

In each case, he is driving a white single cab pickup that may have a silver tool box.

"Someone out there most likely knows who it is and again our best resources is the citizens of Lubbock and Crime Line is the way to go," Bassett said.

The number for Crime Line is 741-1000.

Police are sending out a word of caution to women. They recommend you not walk alone at night and be very aware of your surroundings. You may also want to pick up something you can carry with you, like mace, as a precaution.

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