Third Home Invasion Rape in a Month Puts Lake Highlands Schools on Lockdown

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When a Lake Highlands woman was raped last month by an attacker who climbed through the window of her Ferndale Road home, it seemed like an aberration in a generally quiet and well-kept neighborhood.

It seemed like somewhat less of a fluke when the same thing happened three weeks later to a woman on the same street. And now, with a third woman reporting being raped in the course of a month, it's beginning to seem like a pattern.

The most recent case occurred at about 7 this morning in the 8700 block of Aldwick Drive, according to WFAA, about a mile from the previous two. A woman in her mid-30s told police that she was in her apartment when a man broke in and sexually assaulter her. She was taken to Parkland Hospital.

In response, Richardson ISD has locked down a dozen Lake Highlands-area schools due to "increased police activity," district spokesman Tim Clark told WFAA. DPD says they'll give an update later this afternoon.

Update at 4:10 p.m.: Police Chief David Brown announced at an afternoon news conference that, basically, they still think Fernando Munoz, currently in jail, committed the first rape but aren't sure who did the other two. According to coverage on Twitter, the department isn't sure if one or two men are responsible but that the attacker this morning may have been scratched.

"We're throwing everything that we have, all our resources, at the issue," Brown said.

DPD's also set up a tip line at 214-670-4415.

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DUHfay
DUHfay

@GuitarPlayer Although not reported in this story, in other publications, the reason for the lockdown was because of increased police activity in the area, which I imagine could be a danger to children, especially if they are chasing someone or if a particular RAPIST were to seek shelter inside a school. Hardly overkill.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Locking down schools for a sexual assault at a private residence? Jesus, a little overkill maybe?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@DUHfay @GuitarPlayer You know, normally I knock this sort of behavior, but I think the LAPD proved in the Dorner thing that when they are a manhunt, they are trigger happy yahoos who shoot at anything moving whether it resembles the fugitive or not.  Probably best to keep the kiddos inside when there are cops around.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

  @DUHfay

That is the reason given in the story above. Still think it's overkill. There are police everywhere and in Lake Highlands especially at all times during the day. 

DUHfay
DUHfay

@GuitarPlayer Although not reported in this story, in other publications, the reason for the lockdown was because of increased police activity in the area, which I imagine could be a danger to children, especially if they are chasing someone or if a particular RAPIST were to try to seek shelter in a school.  Hardly overkill.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@GuitarPlayer I was wondering the same thing. How are these connected and why is this even a "story"?

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@DUHfay 

That is the reason given in the story above. Still think it's overkill. There are police everywhere and in Lake Highlands especially at all times during the day. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@casiepierce @GuitarPlayer guess we may find out during the press conference at 3.  maybe they thought they had the suspect trapped or in the area and were afraid he may just start running towards school and  shooting wildly, but that just my 2 cents

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @casiepierce @GuitarPlayer the helicopter was hovering over the neighborhood today for some time.  Got the perfunctory call and warning about the kiddoes.  And, though I have a shotgun, I'm always armed with a shovel or a mattock. 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@ScottsMerkin   


I agree Merk. That is the only reason I would guess. But those folks get pretty paranoid in Lake Highlands.

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