LAKE WORTH, Florida — Police have confirmed a violent serial rapist left a fifth victim on a October, 2011 Friday evening in Lake Worth.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that another woman was attacked Sept. 23, 2011 as she walked along 10th Avenue North near Boutwell Street, with the rape occuring at the canal under 10th Avenue North.
Police are certain the new attack was done by the same suspect, based on DNA evidence.
Other attacks attributed to this violent rapist:
* On April 9, 2009, in the area of Second Street and Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter a 21-year-old woman who was walking in her neighborhood at about 12:30 a.m. and was violently sexually battered, beaten and bitten by her attacker. The victim approached from behind.
* On July 24, 2009, in Palm Springs, a 26-year-old woman was attacked in the early morning hours inside her home and sexually battered.
* On Aug. 8, 2009, in the area of Forest Hill Boulevard and North Military Trail, a 53-year-old woman was sitting on her porch in the late evening hours and was violently sexually battered, beaten and bitten by her attacker. The suspect also robbed the victim of two rings taken from her fingers.
* On Jan. 16, 2010, a 58-year-old woman was attacked in the area of Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue while walking to work at about 8:30 a.m. She was violently beaten and sexually battered.
Police say the suspect either moves between Jupiter and Lake Worth or moved from Jupiter between April and August 2010 to the Lake Worth area. The suspect appears to choose victims based on isolation. The suspect could have had injuries, scratches or bruises to the face or hands, after the attacks and may have sold or given away the rings taken from one of the victims.
The culprit has been described in earlier attacks as being of Hispanic or of African descent, standing between 5′-2″ and 5′-8″, and having a Spanish accent. Detectives desperately want to find the man before he strikes again, perhaps in an even more violent manner.
If you have information about the suspect, call Palm Beach County Crimestoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.