Dorrell Shaw turns himself in- Philadelphia news

August 20, 2008 11:06:10 AM PDT
Police have questioned a person following a series of attacks on women.26 year old Dorrell Shaw surrendered to police around 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. Police questioned him until about 4:30 p.m. At that point, the was taken to a holding cell.

So far, police still have a number of questions: was Shaw involved in the series of attacks on women in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and, if so, was he alone?

The 26 year old Shaw was wanted for parole violation but he found himself the focus of the Frankford attacks case when investigators realized that Shaw looks a lot like the composite sketch released earlier on in the investigation.

The fact that Shaw lives in the neighborhood where the attacks occurred was another factor.

But Shaw's surrender does not mean this investigation in over. The Frankford Task Force developed by Philadelphia Police will still be on patrol.

The manhunt for the attacker kicked into high gear Monday night, after two more women were attacked earlier in the day.

The first incident happened at 12:30 a.m. An 18 year old woman said she was assaulted in the 1200 block of Wakeling Street. However, she told police she was able to fight her attacker off. Then, less than four hours later, police say a 29 year old reported she was sexually assaulted at Frankford Avenue and Dyre Street.

Investigators now say there could be as many as 6 sexual assaults in a 5-block radius. They are not calling the attacker a serial rapist.

Police say the man first struck on Adams Avenue on June 11th, when he threatened to cut a woman's throat. Last Tuesday, police say a man sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint on Wakeling Street. Thursday a 16-year-old girl was attacked on Darrah Street, and early Saturday morning police say a man broke into a woman's bedroom on Dyre Street.

Investigators say the rapist entered the house through a first floor window. Once inside, he woke up the victim in her in her bedroom and robbed her at gunpoint.

Philadelphia Police Capt. John Darby says "Subsequent to that he sexually assaults the victim in her own bed... with her children in the property itself."

Action News spoke to some of Shaw's neighbors Monday. They say his nickname is "Black," he lives with his girlfriend, and has at least two children. Those neighbors do not want to be identified, but they tell Action News they haven't seen Shaw in days.

The assaults have women in Frankford on edge. Karen McCormick tells us, "It's scary for girls, especially me being young, 25, and my son. I just don't want to be by myself now."

Police are awaiting DNA results to link the cases, but in the meantime they want women to be cautious.

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