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Police: Serial rapist targeting women around Fair Park

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Dallas police said an armed serial rapist is targeting women in areas around Fair Park.

Police said at a late Tuesday news conference there have been seven victims in six locations.

On Wednesday morning, police said an eighth victim had come forward after hearing about the attacks in the media.

The most recent attack happened Tuesday in the 4100 block of Metropolitan.

The attacks happened between June 22 and Sept. 1, all at early hours of the morning.

Police investigators say that after the first two attacks happened, there was no obvious connection. There was a gap in the rape cases of six weeks. Once there was a clear connection of the same man and same crime pattern, the department alerted the public as soon as they realized a serial rapist was at work.

Police Chief David Brown said his team is supposed to talk to a witness Thursday morning with a description of the suspect. He said he hopes it's enough to draw up a composite sketch.

Some people are complaining it took police too long to send out an alert. Chief Brown is defending his department and insisted South Dallas has not been slighted. His mother lives in the same neighborhood where the attacks are occurring, giving him a more personal touch to the case. "I've taken great pains at looking at all the things we've done looking back at the first two rapes and what we knew and what we could come forward with," said Chief Brown. "What we have consistently said about the first two rapes is that we didn't have information from the first victim. She was traumatized and unwilling to give us any information. That's not uncommon in rape investigations," he said.

Police said in all but one case, the victims were walking alone when they were attacked. "He first robs them then he takes them to a secluded area. So being aware of your surroundings, walking with someone, walking in a light area. Call 911 with anyone you see that's suspicious. That's really the most important thing," said Chief Brown.

Police said Wednesday they have a DNA sample from one of the attacks and testing on it is being expedited.

The Southeast Patrol Division, the area where the rapes have occurred, have increased the number of uniformed and undercover officers on the street.

A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday night at the True Lee Missionary Baptist Church for people to ask questions of Dallas police.

Police said the suspect is a black man, 25 to 30-years-old, between 5' 6'' and 5' 11'' and weighs about 200 pounds.

They said the suspect always wears a t-shirt and shorts, uses a piece of clothing to cover his face and wears glasses.

"He is armed with a handgun and he demands the victims - or guides them through a demand - to a secluded area nearby where he sexually assaults them," Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner said.

"There are no additional injuries to the victims other than the sexual assault, and then he lets them go."

Police are also looking for a grey Honda Civic or older model grey Volvo Sedan.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for an arrest and indictment in this case.

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