“The Twilight Rapist”, a violent serial rapist terrorizing central and south Texas elderly women has been on the loose for at least a year.
Today the Governor’s office has requested that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) establish a multi-jurisdictional major crime task force to help local law enforcement agencies arrest him.
DPS has been tasked to “make all its resources, including the Texas Rangers, available to assist in capturing a rapist responsible for multiple sexual assaults of elderly women in several Central Texas cities.”
“The viciousness of these attacks warrants a combined effort to bring this criminal to justice,” said Governor Rick Perry. “The creation of this task force will leverage our state’s law enforcement personnel, in coordination with local law enforcement, to bring an end to this heinous crime spree.”
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger indicates at least one state investigator will be assigned full-time to the task force.
Dubbed the “Twilight Rapist” because of his tendency to attack at night, usually between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. the criminal has been tied to eight sexual assaults or attempted assaults, and multiple burglaries on women ranging in age from 65 to in the 90’s.
The rapist has been described as “a thin, young and dark skinned man between 5 ½- and 6-feet tall.”
His mode of operation is to stalk his victims, cut their telephone lines, break and in total darkness surprises these alone and vulnerable women in their beds.
One clue investigators have focused on is the first known assault happened in Yoakum, Texas in January 2009. Two other Yoakum assaults are linked to the rapist. In November 2009, a victim who had been relocated to another location in Yoakum was assaulted again.
Another victim now has dementia as a result of a stroke suffered after her attack.
Other known assaults have occurred in the Texas towns of Luling, Marlin, Marquez, Seaton, Zabcikville, and Centerville. Lubbock police are checking DNA records to determine if one of their cases may be linked.
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