Crimeline Tips Are Helping Local Police - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/2/06

Crimeline Tips Are Helping Local Police

The search continues for a suspected serial rapist in Lubbock.  So far, your tips have prompted police to question three men in regard to the case.  However, no one has been named as a suspect.  Lubbock police receive many tips from Crimeline, a service investigators say has proved to be very successful.  Police hope that success will help lead to the arrest of the suspected rapist as well.  Right now, police say tips are pretty vague, but that's to be expected because there is no picture of the suspect.  NewsChannel 11 looked into Crimeline to tell you how your tips are handled by police.

Most people probably know the concept behind Crimeline.  Your anonymous tips help police catch criminals, and have been doing so for the past 20-years. 

"All the way from homicides to thefts and thousands, probably, of fugitives arrested," Lubbock Police Sergeant Jeff Baker said.  

Did you know that citizens just like you set up Crimeline?  Sergeant Baker tells us police just answer the calls and follow up on leads.  A civilian board heads up the service, and actually raises money used to pay out rewards.  To remain anonymous, each caller is given an ID number, and payment is arranged through a local bank.  Friday afternoon police prepared for their 335th caller this year alone, but even no calls can help develop leads. 

"If you show a picture on TV and don't get any calls, maybe your criminal is not from town, and you can expand your search to other places and see if they've had similar crimes in other places," Baker said. 

Baker encourages people to keep calling Crimeline.  He says no information is wasted. 

"If there is just something nagging in the back of your brain that makes you think that person might be up to no good, please give us a call," Baker said. 

Again, police have not made any arrests connected to the string of rapes here in Lubbock. 

Police are searching for either a white or Hispanic man.  He is suspected to be 25 to 35 years old, and between 5'7" and 6' tall.  He has a muscular build and weighs between 190 to 210 lbs.  He has short hair, either blonde or light brown, and he has a crew cut. 

Police say if you have any information that could identify this man, contact them at Crimeline. That number is (806) 741-1000.

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