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Police seeking serial rapist

Published: Thu, October 2, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

Four women have been attacked.

GIRARD — The man who kidnapped and raped a woman here late last week told the woman she was not the first — and police believe him.

Detective Greg Manente said the city has seen four rapes committed here in the last year and a half where the description of the attacker is similar, and the man uses similar methods to attack the victim. There have also been two cases of public indecency in the area where the rapes have taken place.

The man is described as between 23 and 27 years old, between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, and a little more than 200 pounds with a large muscular build and a reddish-brown beard.

Manente said police believe the rapes, and possibly the acts of indecency, are the actions of one person.

Of the six reported incidents, four have taken place in the Elruth Court area. One of the rapes took place on Beechwood Drive and another on Highland Avenue. The ages of the females attacked range from 16 to 36.

In the most recent case, A 36-year-old city woman told police she was walking near her Elruth Court home at 8 p.m. Friday when a man grabbed her by her hair and forced her into a nearby wooded area.

In the woods, he produced a small handgun and told the woman she would not be harmed if she followed orders. He then made the woman perform a sex act.

Reports said the rapist then told the woman to lie face down in the grass and not move or call police. The woman told him she would comply because he could be one of her neighbors — to which he simply said, “I could.”

Manente said police want to make sure the public is taking all precautions against becoming a victim and that police have all the available information to catch the attacker.

“We want to make sure the public is aware so people can be a little more cautious. If there are any more victims, we would like them to come forward even if they don’t want to do anything more than report the crime,” said Manente. “Possibly, there may be other agencies investigating something similar.”

The police department, Manente said, has collected DNA evidence from some of the rape scenes.

Manente said there are basic safety tips to be followed such as extra caution when out walking, even in groups. A 16-year-old rape victim was taken by the attacker when walking with three juvenile male friends in November 2007.

Manente said it is wise not to walk at night unless absolutely necessary and if one must walk at night, stay in a well-lit area. He said residents should also be alert and aware of their surroundings, carry a cellular phone and always let someone know where they are or will be going.

“We are not saying that it is not safe to walk the streets after dark, but we are trying to eliminate what appears to be a crime of opportunity,” he said.

SEE ALSO:Girard Attacks.



1OhioPerson(76 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

I found this same story on ABC: http://www.wytv.com/news/local/300445...

In the story, Manente is quoted saying, "Not all but most of the victims were alone, under cover of darkness putting themselves in jeopardy just for that reason."

What reason? I don't get it.

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2zieg2003(82 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Reddish brown beard so I'm assuming he's a white man?

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3dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, the news said it is a white male, stocky and about six foot tall.

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4pat2483(8 comments)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

manente just once to make a name for his self. so why is he treating people bad. he dosen even know who did it. one walking with three others gets. rape. what is wrong with that.

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5TheTruthHurts(1 comment)posted 7 years, 9 months ago

Hey Pat....Are you that pi ssed off at the police to think that a person of the law who has dedicated his life to catching bad guys is trying to create a name for himself with these terrible crimes. You seem real shallow as well as an illiterate who cannot spell. Menente doesn't want anyone else hurt, you can believe that.Just because a man of the law goes on record to try to prevent this from happening again or hopes of someone out there to catch this sick scum bag A.S.A.P. doesn't mean their trying to make a name for them self. If he is trying to make a name for himself, he has made it..."Menente" A name that I will remember, of a man who is trying his best to do something to resolve this serious situation. It's people like you Pat2483 with your corrupt opinions trying to slander a person who is working on a case and you yourself are probably a screw up and have a chip on your shoulder for the police in which probably was a direct result of you and your actions alone.You have made you directly a person who despises the police in general because you got caught doing something stupid and the police nailed you for it. What are you doing personally to try to help this situation?? Making ignorant comments? Your spelling shows your lack of education, how you probably may be a criminal who never finished high school and has no concern for anyone but yourself. Maybe your the serial rapist. Grow up...It doesn't feel good does it? Having someone judge you that is. Get off your a s s and try to do something good.We have a enough negative people in this community/country.
If I could interview some of these women I could put together some facts and help solve these sick crimes. That's what I would like to do.
And to your statement: "one walking with three others gets. rape. what is wrong with that."
There is a lot wrong with that situation. Use your brain for something other than a hat rack, weed filter. Good luck in the system Pat. Yours Truly, The Truth Hurts

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