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Archive for Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Police searching for clues in sexual assault

Police comb southwest part of city

More than a dozen officers combed an area in southwest Lawrence Tuesday, looking for clues in a sexual assault case.

December 2, 2008, 10:39 a.m. Updated December 2, 2008, 12:26 a.m.

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Lawrence detectives and police officers search an area near Kansas Highway 10 bypass at 27th Street and Wakarusa Drive on Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2008. The search was related to a sexual assault reported Monday, December 1.

Lawrence detectives and police officers search an area near Kansas Highway 10 bypass at 27th Street and Wakarusa Drive on Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 2008. The search was related to a sexual assault reported Monday, December 1.

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SOURCE: Lawrence Police Department

Law enforcement officers Tuesday were searching an area in southwest Lawrence, a day after a reported early-morning sexual assault at a residence.

More than a dozen officers and Lawrence police detectives flooded the area of 27th Street and Wakarusa Drive, including a stretch of the Kansas Highway 10 bypass.

“Wow. Why would someone assault someone else here? I have no idea what to say to it,” said Arianna Warren, a neighbor. “It’s all kind of shocking.”

The officers were walking nearly shoulder-to-shoulder through grassy areas. Police earlier had said at 2 a.m. Monday an unidentified man entered a 19-year-old woman’s southwest Lawrence residence and sexually assaulted her.

Neighbors said they were pleased that police were going to such lengths during their investigation.

Jenni Hinckley said she felt safe in the neighborhood, but the reported assault was a reminder to be vigilant. “It’s important to always be careful and to just be aware of where you are and your surroundings,” she said. “Not that as the victim, it was her fault by any means by not being safe, but you always want to be safe.”

The Lawrence Police Department has asked anyone with information to call the investigative division at 830-7430 or the TIPS hotline at 843-TIPS.

Comments

Danielle Brunin 6 years ago

This was on cjonline Monday morning. Did I just miss it on ljworld, or is this the first time it has been covered?

Topside 6 years ago

Hey I'm glad the police went to such lengths..i guess. but what are they looking for? A condom, a pubic hair in the tall grass?

Jonathan Kealing 6 years ago

Rodent-It's been on LJ since yesterday morning.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

Danielle Brunin 6 years ago

Thanks for the info Jonathan! I figured that was the case, but couldn't find it.

KEITHMILES05 6 years ago

Must be looking for something large, like a sex toy.

sarahsmilehawk 6 years ago

So... do the police think this might be the work of that potential serial rapist? The M.O. sounds the same to me.

somebodynew 6 years ago

Was thinking the same thing Sarah. Particularly with the extra effort being shown.

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