serial rapist targeting asian women in st. louis

A word of warning to women in the St. Louis area... Police believe a serial rapist is targeting Asian women in northwestern St. Louis county and possibly elsewhere in the country: Police: Serial rapist may be targeting Asian women in St. Louis County.

Police have identified DNA evidence linking the attacker to at least two victims and a description of the rapist linking him to a third sexual assault. In all of the attacks, the victims were of Chinese or Korean descent: Serial rapist may have attacked third woman in northwestern St. Louis County.
In an attack sometime in June 2011, a woman was outside an apartment building in the Beau Jardine apartments near North Lindbergh and Olive boulevards. The man grabbed her around the neck and pulled her down, but the woman began screaming and the man ran away. The woman was of Indian descent, and the man in this and the other incidents was described as Hispanic, said Sgt. Craig Longworth of the St. Louis County Police.

The woman reported the incident to the apartment complex, and officials there recently reported the incident to police after reports of other attacks, one of which happened two months before in the same apartment complex. In that incident, on April 4, 2011, a man entered a woman's apartment, pulled a blanket over the woman's head while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim, 27, told police she didn't remember locking her door. That woman is of Korean descent.

The second sexual assault occurred Sept. 19. An 18-year-old woman of Chinese descent was walking home from a friend's house near Fee Fee and Bennington roads when she was grabbed from behind and taken to a nearby grassy area and attacked.
The suspect has also been linked to rapes in Maryland, New York and San Diego. He is described as a Hispanic man around 40 years old. He stands between 5'6" and 5'8" tall and has a medium build. He has short black hair and may have facial hair.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 314-889-2341 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. More here: Police link another incident to serial rapist.

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