HARRIS COUNTY -- The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a serial rapist who has sexually assaulted at least seven women working for Houston-area escort services. The first assault happened September of 2011, and the most recent this past weekend.
Investigators say the seven assaults, beginning September 20, 2011 at the Oaks Cypress Apartments on Cypress Station Drive, may all be the work of the same man.
On Wednesday, officials released three different composite sketches provided by the descriptions offered by three different victims. DNA has matched three of the victims to the same suspect. DNA tests are pending on the other four.
Deputies say the suspect meets women through online escort services and entices them to an apartment complex on or near Cypress Station Drive. Each time the apartment unit they are lured to is vacant.
“To their surprise that’s an empty apartment. They get drug into the apartment and sexually assaulted,” said Lt. Ruben Diaz with the Adult Sex Crimes Unit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Diaz says that the attacker used a second empty apartment unit for another attack at the same apartment complex in May of 2012. There were two similar assaults at the Autumn Lakes Apartments in October and December of 2012. Diaz says two more sexual assaults happened at the Autumn Chase Apartments. The seventh assault, with the perpetrator again luring an escort service employee to an abandoned apartment unit, happened February 3 at the Palms Apartments at Cypress Station.
“We’ve already had at least seven sexual assaults that took place in that general area and we believe that quite possibly it’s the same suspect doing all of these sexual assaults,” said Lt. Diaz.
He says it is possible there is more than one rapist involved; but, so far DNA tests link them just to one unidentified suspect.
“He’s a predator,” said neighbor Charleta Jimmerson.“It doesn’t matter if they are escorts or not. No one deserves to be treated like that.”
“Before they go out in that area they need to be forewarned that we don’t know who this guy is. He could reoffend. He’s already as far as we know might be the suspect in seven separate cases,” said Diaz.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects in the composite sketches is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.