Athens police share sketch of rape suspect, accused in three assaults since 2006

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ATHENS, Ohio – Athens Police near Ohio University issued a warning Thursday after a third sexual assault was recently linked to two prior assaults over the last 10 years.

According to the Athens City Chief of Police and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, the first assault occurred in 2006. The two most recent assaults occurred in June 2015 and December 2015.

All three cases were linked by the same DNA.

All three victims told officials they were walking home from the uptown area early in the morning while on campus.

“The investigation into this case, and related cases, is ongoing, and we are confident we will capture and bring to justice this serial offender,” said Athens Chief of Police Tom Pyle in a release. “We encourage everyone, especially students, to stay alert and be upstanding and active bystanders.”

The suspect is described as a white male that is about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is believed to currently be in his late 20s to early 30s and weighs about 160 pounds.

 

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