Lubbock Police Search For Suspected Serial Rapist - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/07

Lubbock Police Search For Suspected Serial Rapist

Source: Lubbock Police Dept. Source: Lubbock Police Dept.

Investigators say he's connected to four rapes in West Texas, and now they need your help locating a suspected serial rapist.

Lubbock police tell NewsChannel 11 DNA has linked, Jose Luis Lopez, 47, to four separate rapes, two in Lubbock County and two in Midland.

Lopez is 5'10", weighing about 190 lbs.  Police tell us that Lopez usually wears contact lenses, though his wanted poster shows him wearing glasses.  He may be driving a 1995, red Chevrolet Suburban, with Texas plates: 45F-VL3.

Police know Lopez was in Lubbock two weeks ago. That's because they served a warrant to take a DNA sample from him.  Now, he's no-where to be found.

"He does actually enter victim's houses and threatens them with a knife. We do think that he is very dangerous," Lubbock Police Lieutenant Scott Hudgens said. 

That's why Lubbock Police need your help to find Lopez.

"At one point investigators had what we thought was a good address for him, but at this point they've been unable to locate him," Lt. Hudgens said. 

Police connected Lopez to a rape in northwest Lubbock using DNA found at the scene. According to the report, the victim woke up to find Lopez standing over her at her home in December of last year.

The victim says Lopez held a knife to her throat, and told her not to look at his face. She says Lopez told her he wouldn't hurt her, and demanded she take a bath after the assault.

The victim got away, but so did Lopez.

It wasn't until about two weeks ago when police served a warrant on Lopez to get a sample of his DNA.  That sample matched evidence found at the crime scene, but a search through the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, found more connections, two from Midland, dating back to the early 90's. 

"That's how the connection between the Lubbock County case and the Midland cases were made, because it's kind of like the fingerprint system, but this is for DNA," Lt. Hudgens said. 

If you know where Lopez is, call Crime Line at (806)741-1000, but police ask if you know where he is right now, call 911 so they can pick him up immediately.    

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