04-25-2012, 09:47 PM #1
CA - Notorious 'Teardrop Rapist' strikes in L.A. for first time in five years
'He is back:' Notorious 'Teardrop Rapist' linked to recent attack on 15-year-old girl, first in five years
The Los Angeles Police Department has intensified the search for the notorious 'Teardrop Rapist' after he had claimed his 28th victim in 16 years.
According to reports by the LA Times, DNA evidence released on Tuesday showed that the perpetrator had struck again in November of 2011 after a five-year hiatus, this time raping a 15-year-old girl.
Between 1996 and 2005, police say the rapist known for the distinctive tattoo of one of more teardrops under one of his eye preyed on 27 women and girls between the ages of 14 and 41 seen walking alone in Los Angeles.
After that, no attacks had been reported until last November, which police have attributed to a possible incarceration.
'What we do know is he is back,' Albanese said.
In the most recent case, investigators said the 15-year-old victim made no mention of the teardrop tattoo previously seen by others, leading officials to believe that the rapist may have had the tattoo removed.
The suspect is described as a Latino man in his 40s or 50s who is fluent in both English and Spanish.
04-26-2012, 12:05 AM #2
That article shows the value of composite drawings doesn't it? Nine drawings and they all look different. Some very markedly different.
If each of those composites represents a rape victim, then I would guess that there were some rapes not reported to LE. He follows a very distinct pattern of every 2-3 months, but there are a couple places where there is a bigger jump.Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........
Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
"Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight
04-26-2012, 08:19 AM #3
If he was possibly incarcerated during the time that no rapes occurred (attributed to him) then wouldn't they have his DNA on file?
04-26-2012, 11:17 AM #4
They said he's never killed anyone, although he used a knife in his earlier attacks. From the article, this time he used a gun.
Hope they catch him!
'Teardrop' rapist targeted teen girls, some going to school, LAPD says
06-29-2012, 02:42 PM #5
Teardrop Rapist strikes again with 35th sexual assault over 16 years as police offer $50,000 reward (Daily Mail)
• Attacker who first struck in 1996 is now thought to have 29 victims
• He used a gun in his latest street assault in Los Angeles
• Named after unusual teardrop tattoo under his left eye
• Assaults have reignited after six-year hiatus
• City puts up £50,000 for his capture
06-29-2012, 06:57 PM #6
Unfortunately the the ol' teardrop tattoo isn't just jailhouse anymore. It used to be it meant you did five years or supposedly it meant you "killed" someone. Sometimes it was filled in, but not always. Now? Some people just think it looks cool.
Scary, scary person. Maybe the poor young girl was so traumatized she thought he had just a freckle or something. I've seen them done where you'd have to flat out ask "What the he** is that under your eye?" Maybe he covered it up somehow with something else? Having it removed though so close to your eye would be iffy.
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