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Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Police seeking suspect in late-night sexual assault in downtown Lawrence

Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in these screen grabs from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in these screen grabs from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

July 29, 2010, 3:59 p.m. Updated July 30, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in this screen grab from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in this screen grab from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in this screen grab from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

Lawrence Police are looking for the man seen in this screen grab from security footage. Investigators say the man is a suspect in the sexual assault of a woman in the 700 block of Massachusetts in the early hours of Thursday, July 29.

Police searching for suspect in sexual assault

According to the victim, the man came up behind her, grabbed her and assaulted her early Thursday morning. Enlarge video

Lawrence police are investigating the city’s latest sexual assault. According to authorities, an unknown man approached two women walking in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street early Thursday morning. One of the two women told police that the man came from behind, put his arm around her and sexually assaulted her.

Police said the attack on the 23-year-old victim happened quickly, and then the man fled the area. He reportedly ran through the east alley of the 800 block of Massachusetts Street, toward Ninth Street, then disappeared around the corner of a building into the city parking garage that faces New Hampshire Street.

The police department released several still images from a security camera, showing the man running through the alley. Authorities said the man shown was positively identified as the attacker. If arrested, he will be booked in jail on a charge of rape.

The same security camera used in this case has helped police in other incidents. In April, the privately owned and operated camera captured video of several people spray painting graffiti in the alley. The security camera belongs to the law office of Riling, Burkhead and Nitcher. Recently, the camera captured video of more vandals.

Police hope the released images will help them solve these downtown Lawrence crimes. Anyone with information should call detectives at 830-7430.

Comments

kernal 4 years, 6 months ago

Might be helpful if the photo could be enlarged. Clicked on "enlarge photo" and response was "page not found".

LeBo 4 years, 6 months ago

Note: The police are looking for a man.

If he were black it would state BLACK MALE. In accordance with the constitutional premise that a black male is 3/5 of a man. Thus, I am just happy it was a drunken wht. male approx 5'10" to 6'0. Weighing over 285 lbs.

In Lawrence, the police promulgated a false sense of safety. These things happen every weekend. "It was a fairly brazen act that we don’t typically see,” Monroe said. This is no way to solve a crime by belittling the prevalence?

Criminal justice fact only 1 in 8 sex crimes are reported.

What is wrong, to busy writing traffic tickets for the city coffers again to enforce the laws on white males again.

calwt262 4 years, 6 months ago

The suspect appears to sporting b-cup moobs and a hyper-color t-shirt. Not to mention, his pants almost look pink. I suggest police canvas the county fair this weekend and stake out the fried twinky booth for carnies that fit the description.

jehovah_bob 4 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to file a report that this guy also stole my hyper-color t-shirt.

DillonBarnes 4 years, 6 months ago

But did he spray graffiti in the alley?

thebigspoon 4 years, 6 months ago

Tasteless, ed, totally tasteless and crude. Really shows your sensitivity.

woodscolt 4 years, 6 months ago

Whole lotta hillbilly ingenuity going on here.Sounds like a cover up to me.

woodscolt 4 years, 6 months ago

great photo! narrows it down to about anybody

BruceWayne 4 years, 6 months ago

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50YearResident 4 years, 6 months ago

I think it's either the Pillsbury Dough Boy or the Michilin tire guy! It has to be one of those two!

woodscolt 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm telling you it is swan diver. Call tips hotline and maybe ljw will split the reward with you.

calwt262 4 years, 6 months ago

I thought he was devoting his life to Christ

riverdrifter 4 years, 6 months ago

Time to upgrade those cameras in that alley.

I'd say Reconyx RC60HO. You could read their tats with that one.

Adrienne Sanders 4 years, 6 months ago

It would be super helpful if the picture actually got bigger when you click "enlarge photo"!

somedude20 4 years, 6 months ago

the guy looks like the homeless dude who is chubby, has red hair (but is going bald he has that friar thing going hair on the side bald up top) and wears weird colored shirts (like birght purple or pink). I see him walking around all the time; he was sitting outside at that christian book store Mon or Tues talking to himself but he was staring at the young girls that walked by. Dude gave me the creeps as it looked like he was wiping away slobber as he looked them. He is a tall big dude reminds me of a baby huey

Kontum1972 4 years, 6 months ago

or a running pepto bismol bottle

i thought most of the women would carry mace..if not they should be now!

lgreen17 4 years, 6 months ago

This is a picture of a screen with a picture. Surely, they could release a better picture, no?

Andrea Hoag 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm wondering what sorts of police foot patrols are planned for late nights around downtown. It could be there isn't the budget for such things. Carrying mace may be a good idea, but given the "hit-and-run" nature of the incident, perhaps the victim wouldn't have had time to use that on this assailant. Another idea would be for anyone who feels vulnerable to carry those ear-splittingly loud whistles used by mail carriers. Wal-mart and other big box stores also carry what looks like a spray bottle with a big siren on it (kind of clunky, actually) that could be squeezed to create a very loud "alert" noise. Kudos to this young woman for reporting the crime. I hope she recovers soon from the scare.

Andrea Hoag 4 years, 6 months ago

Here is a link to the kind of alert whistle I mentioned in my post above. http://tinyurl.com/howlerwhistle

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 6 months ago

What does it mean when the article says the attack went quickly?

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm guessing her walked up behind her, grabbed her chest and kept waking. Like that was OK or funny or something.

EB1719 4 years, 6 months ago

I hope this clarifies any confusion-

The young woman was wearing a skirt, and no mere chest grope would warrant a rape charge. The assault happened quickly, but in 5 seconds someone can be violated pretty severely. Rape usually implies penetration, but not necessarily with the attacker's genitals.

Also, for those making jokes, please be aware that this is a local woman. The victim, her friends, and family can see your comments. I only ask people use the tact they would want others to use if this happened to them, a sister, daughter, or friend.

greenworld 4 years, 6 months ago

Well its not Simon Gilmore I can guarantee you that.

50YearResident 4 years, 6 months ago

After reading how quick it happened, I now think it was the........"Easter Bunney"!

slang4d 4 years, 6 months ago

Gross. I hope they find this creep and send him straight to jail. I think it would be lovely to take a stroll at any hour without worrying about things like this. Unfortunately jerks like this are running around and the LPD does not keep a very watchful eye on downtown despite being located there.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey! I just had a brainwave, and why didn't somebody at lpd/ljw think of this? if they're pulling this pic out of video. doesn't this video exist in a digital medium?
why can't they get at the original file to get more details? or is the video on 5 1/4 inche floppy and nobody has a disk drive anymore?

if rape is being charged I fear that it wasn't just cop-a-feel.

I hope the young woman has gone for help and support from our local rape victim survival services. they are good and they will help her.

pfunk81 4 years, 6 months ago

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dogsandcats 4 years, 6 months ago

There are LPD foot patrols downtown but they are too busy watching people to make sure their toe doesn't cross over the line of where the outdoor patio ends while drinking an alcoholic beverage, and if it does, they can write them a fat ticket. Maybe they should reconsider their priorities.

If the guy ran the alley from 800 to 900 block of Mass, maybe someone outside at Henry's or the Pig saw him?

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