Thursday, January 28, 2010

Police release sketch of suspected serial rapist


Kansas City Police have released a composite sketch of a suspected serial rapist, based on victims’ description of him.

Police believe the man depicted in the sketch sexually assaulted two women this past weekend – one at 9:50 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 8300 block of Mercier Street, and another at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in the 10 block of East Porte Cimi Pas. Police think the same man could be responsible for two similar sexual assaults in the same area last fall. Those occurred Sept. 29, 2009, in the 7500 block of Summit and on Oct. 11, 2009, in the 100 block of East 78th Terrace. In all four cases, the suspect assaulted the women in their homes.

Victims have been working with a forensic sketch artist and detectives to produce this sketch. They have described the suspect as a black male who is about 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. He is bald and has pitted cheeks, possibly from acne scars. The victims said he had a deep, smooth voice and that he had very bad breath and smelled of exhaust fumes.

Police urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward by calling police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Please note: A composite is not a portrait of one person, but a grouping of characteristics to put people into a category that narrows the search and eliminates other groups. It is intended to place the focus on a smaller grouping of individuals.