LAPD Offers $100K Reward for Serial Rapist

Authorities say 'teardrop' attacker has assaulted 35 women
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
LAPD Offers $100K Reward for Serial Rapist
This composite sketch released by the LAPD shows the "teardrop rapist."   (Facebook)

The LAPD is intensifying the hunt for the "teardrop rapist," a man who has assaulted 35 women—some of whom remember a teardrop mark near his eye—between 1996 and 2012. The big thing is that the reward is now doubled to $100,000, reports the Los Angeles Times. But the LAPD and FBI are also using profilers, billboard sketches, and a Facebook page to try to drum up new leads on a case that has run cold. "We need to find this man," says one detective. "Most serial rapists don’t stop until they get caught."

Police say the man, described as a Latino in his 40s who is about 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, has a tie to LA, striking from Hollywood to the south of the city. "He attacks the women sometime between 5 and 8 in the morning—lone females walking to work or to school—takes them into an alley, accosts them, and leaves very quickly," police said, per CBS News. Though sketches based on victim accounts don't always look the same—some include a teardrop mark, some don't—police think the attacks are the work of one man. He has left behind DNA in 10 of the assaults. (More rape stories.)

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