Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Update on Waldo rapes

A blog commenter requested an update on the case of the recent Waldo rapes. Unfortunately, there has been little new information. Here's what we know:

The Sex Crimes Section is investigating two rapes in the Waldo area that are very similar. The first occurred on Sept. 29 in the 7500 block of Summit and the second on Oct. 11 in the 100 block of East 78th Terrace. Both happened between midnight and 3 a.m. The victims were awakened by a male suspect and subsequently raped. Detectives are pursuing possible leads and other investigative avenues. Patrol Officers have increased their presence in the area.

The suspect is described as possibly being a black male with a deep voice. One victim thought he smelled like smoke. Please contact the Sex Crimes Section (234-5220) or the TIPS Hotline (474-8477) if you have any information that may help identify the suspect.

We encourage everyone to continue to utilize crime prevention techniques like locking doors and windows, maintaining adequate lighting, and cutting back plants, trees and bushes that might obstruct views and provide hiding spots. Most importantly people need to look out for each other and call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Police can help with security surveys of your property. Please contact your nearest Patrol Division for this service.

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