City on guard for rapist - Philadelphia News

January 30, 2009 4:08:59 PM PST
Police are now linking the same person to three different incidents. The man depicted in the sketch is the rape and robbery suspect who now has a $20,000 reward on his head in connection with three separate attacks.

Police say he is one who used some sort of ruse to get into a 44th and Spruce apartment building December 19th and robbing two Penn students and repeatedly raping one of them during a 4-hour reign of terror.

Police say he tried to lure more victims to the apartment that day. He wore a mask and wielded a knife and a gun.

"He's a cool, calculating individual. He was in no hurry to leave that apartment," Captain John Darby of the Philadelphia Police said.

Students living in apartments near the campus get walking escorts to their buildings, but now many are asking to be escorted upstairs.

"We're honoring those requests because women are terrified of walking around, not just Penn's campus, [but] Drexel, USP, Temple, because, let's face it, this guy hit in Center City, he hit in West Philly, we don't know where he's going to hit," Maureen Rush of the University of Pennsylvania said.

Police are convinced he is the one who hit late the night of October 22nd in the 900 block of Clinton Street in Center City, forced a woman and her boyfriend into her apartment, bound and gagged them, then raped the woman and robbed them.

After each rape sources tell Action News, he forced the victims to take baths.

Police are sure he attacked a woman outside her building near 12th and Lombard late the night before

Her resistance and screams forced him to flee.

In University City, the word is out to not let anyone into the building unless it's clear they belong there.

If you recognize the suspect depicted in the sketch call the Citizens Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS.

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