After Eighth South Dallas Rape, Police Defend Their Delayed Response

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Back in March, on the same day that a third Lake Highlands woman was raped in her home in as many weeks, Dallas Police Chief David Brown addressed the media and pledged a swift and comprehensive response. When a serial rapist began targeting South Dallas three months later, it took eight attacks and more than two months for police to brief the public.

It was hard not to make suspect the delay had something to do with the city's north-south divide.

"When it happened in the Lake Highlands community, it was everywhere, all over the news," one woman told WFAA. "But then when it comes to our South Dallas community, it's like they didn't care and didn't want to share the information of what was going on."

Councilman Dwaine Caraway took a similar line in an interview Wednesday with The Dallas Morning News, though he later downplayed the issue of geography.

"Seven. That's a concern," he told CBS 11. "That's not a North Dallas-South Dallas issue. That's a factual issue. Seven versus two."

The situation -- both the fact that a serial rapist remains at large and the delay in notifying the public -- reflects badly on Dallas police, who spent much of Wednesday defending themselves to the media. Chief David Brown in particular made the rounds of local media, explaining what took so long.

"I've looked at this, I've looked at all the details that we knew from the very beginning, and it is absolutely not true that it was differently done in North Dallas," Brown told Fox 4 last night.

Brown explained that the victim of the first rape, which occurred near Fair Park on June 22, "was traumatized and unwilling to give us any information." So, when a second rape occurred nearby eight days later, police were unable to connect the two. It was only after another five rapes were reported in quick succession after a six-week gap that a pattern emerged. That, Brown says, is when DPD took the information to the public.

In multiple interviews, he stressed that he has a keen interest in catching criminals targeting South Dallas.

"My mother lives in this neighborhood, she lives in South Dallas, she lives alone, and so I have a more personal touch on this and so I've taken great pains looking at all the things we've done,'' he said.

Those explanations, nor Brown's pledge to put "all of our investigative tools to try to resolve this issue by bringing this person to justice," are likely to provide much comfort to the residents of South Dallas. At least they now have an idea of what the suspect looks like. According to police, he's a black man, between 25 and 30 years old, somewhere between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 11 inches, and around 200 pounds. He wears oval-shaped, gold-rimmed prescription glasses, a T-shirt and athletic shorts and covers his face in a mask or bandana. He drives a gray sedan, either a Honda Civic or an older Volvo.


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16 comments
Debbie Ann Arnett
Debbie Ann Arnett

Police can never be there before the crime----They are not mind readers but neighbors should be helping neighbors---

Americano
Americano

I suppose that the only conclusion we can arrive at is that the Police Chief is racist and hates black people in South Dallas.  Isn't that always the undercurrent of stories like this?

Quinn Cannady
Quinn Cannady

really wish there was a sketch, and that i heard about this sooner than last week

jamessavik
jamessavik

Rape is one of the most difficult crimes to investigate. Rape victims DO NOT like talking about it. It often goes unreported. Sometimes it's weeks, months or years before a victim will report the rape, if at all.  

Serial crimes are even worse. In the case of rapes, you miss patterns because so many don't get reported. Those that do get reported are often confused and minimized because the victim is traumatized.

Give them time. The cops will put a collar on the mutt. It just takes a lot of work.

Angel Rainey
Angel Rainey

Too busy writing traffic and non moving violation tickets.....

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

"Brown explained that the victim of the first rape, which occurred near Fair Park on June 22, "was traumatized and unwilling to give us any information." So, when a second rape occurred nearby eight days later, police were unable to connect the two."

Where is Dionne Warwick and the Psychic Friends Network when you need them?

Lorlee
Lorlee

A few years back we had a rash of 30 garage burglaries --- I had to put it together for the police -- and still couldn't get much response.  I am the first street south of I-30 in a nice little East Dallas Neighborhood -- but it seems as soon as you cross I-30 the police just seem not to care.  Fortunately, the rash was someone's search from Xmas money and we are back to our very dull crime statistics. 

Dustin
Dustin

You are the chief of Police sir. Get your mother out of South Dallas.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Situational awareness anyone ? 

Who in that area (any area for that matter ) isn't already walking around with their head on swivel at that time of night ?



Tom434
Tom434

The Lake Highlands attacks were in the victims homes.  The Fair Park attacks were between midnight and 6am on public streets.  Attacks in a victims home are always going to get more news play. 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Dallas police are looking into 3 RAPES in FAIR PARK AREA .....  And later in tonight's news cast Whats new in fried food at the State Fair 

I think I found out why it was a non news non police action story ....

Alex Alman
Alex Alman

To serve and protect? Yeah, doing a great job of neither

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