Within the last month, Tulsa police have responded to eight rapes and sexual assaults in Midtown and the Brookside neighborhood. The proximity and other details of these attacks lead police to believe that the eight assaults are the work of a serial rapist, and Tulsa residents have become cautious and vigilant to protect themselves and their loved ones from assault by the unknown sexual predator.A rough�timeline�of the attacks follows:
- June 5 - A woman at a condominium complex told police that a man broke into her home at approximately 5:00 a.m., held her at knife-point, and performed a simulated sex act against her.
- June 6 - A woman walking to her car at an apartment complex was attacked and robbed at approximately 6:00 a.m.
- June 8 - Just blocks from the condominium where the first assault took place, a woman reported that at 6:00 a.m., a man knocked her down, forced his way into her home, and performed a simulated sex act against her before taking money from her home and leaving.
- June 11 - A woman was raped a her home at approximately 9:30 p.m. after a man allegedly cut her electricity and sneaked into her home while she was outside
- June 19 - A woman was raped at knife-point in her bed after a man broke into her home.
- June 20 - At the same condominium complex where the first assault occurred, a man broke into a condo at 3:30 a.m., raping a 79-year-old woman in her bed.
- June 29 - At 5:30 a.m., a woman was attacked in her own home about two miles east of the June 19 attack.
Police have noticed several factors about each assault that make them think that all eight attacks are related. Most of the sexual assaults occur in the early morning hours--5:30 or 6:00 a.m. Seven of the eight attacks involve older women. Police have not indicated whether they have established a pattern the suspect is following, but they have formed a task force and stepped up police patrols in the area.Over the weekend, Tulsa Police released a composite sketch of the suspect, described alternately as a light-skinned black male, a Hispanic male, and a white male in his 40's. In releasing the sketch, police cautioned, "The provided composite is only a representation from the victim's memory. The composite is not to be considered a portrait but a rendition of the suspect's features. The purpose of the composite is to attract clues and notify the public to look out for suspicious persons resembling the suspect."
Police are asking that anyone with information about the crimes contact�contact Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:
- Call 918-596-COPS (2677)
- Text CRIMES (274637). Begin the text tip with�"Tip918."