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The Rochester Police Department has made an arrest in the cases referred to this post. Although Crimestoppers did not directly lead to the arrest of this 17 year old suspect, tips from the public did further the investigation, and contribute to a successful resolution to these cases.
We appreciate the citizens of Rochester assistance in this case.
For further information on this case, followers can go to local media outlets for more information by following the links below.
The information below was released to local area media outlets earlier today.
The Rochester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving these crimes. Furthermore, we are reminding citizens to be vigilant in their travels and even in their homes, especially in the area depicted in the map below. This should include locking doors and securing windows, whether at home or away from home.
Along with the map posted below, there is also a photo of a maroon van, that van is similar in appearance to the van belonging to the person of interest involved in this case.
If you have any information concerning the case that occurred on the twelfth of September, the related van, or any of the cases listed below, please leave a tip at Crime Stoppers, or by calling the nonemergency number for the Rochester Police Department at 328-6800. The primary investigator for this case is Investigator B. Petersen. As always, you can remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
Thank you for your assistance.
On September 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm the Rochester Police Department responded to a call of sexual assault that occurred in the 1200 block of West Center Street. Upon arrival officers meet an adult female victim that reported that she was physically and sexually assaulted by an intruder who had entered her unlocked residence. The assault ended and the suspect fled the scene when the victim yelled and screamed alerting a nearby neighbor. I motor vehicle was heard leaving the area in the alley way behind the residences on West Center Street. The victim recalled that earlier in the day she had observed a younger black male subject in a vehicle starring at her as she walked in the area. She described the vehicle as an older burgundy colored minivan with wood grained sides. The occupant of this motor vehicle is not considered a suspect in this crime however law enforcement is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying either the vehicle or its occupant as a person/vehicle of interest.
Over the course of the past 4 months Police have identified 4 incidents with some broad and basic similarities that heightened concerns for public safety in this general geographical area. These three incidents below along with the most recent assault (9-12-12) all occurred in the neighborhood or area bordered by the following: St. Mary’s Hospital on the south (2nd St SW) , Hwy 52 on the west, Kutzky Park on the north, and 6th Ave on the east.
These incidents share some common characteristics such as the suspect was a stranger or intruder in the victim’s home, basic suspect description, and sexual assault or possible sexual assault as a motive.
These incidents are being aggressively investigated in an effort to determine if they are related however at this time no direct investigative connection can be made between any of these incidents.
The three additional incidents each of which was released to the public are:
· On 5-4-12 at approximately 0530 hours an adult female reported that she was sexually assaulted by an unknown black male as she prepared to jog in area. The suspect abandoned the assault as the victim physically resisted her attacker.
· On 7-1-12 at approximately 0310 hours an adult female reported that she was awaken while sleeping in her bedroom as she was being touched by a black male intruder. She yelled the suspect fled the unlocked residence.
· On 9-4-12 at approximately 2145 hours an adult male subject was in a bedroom of his residence when a black male intruder opened the bedroom door. When verbally confronted the black male intruder fled the residence on foot.
All four of these incidents involved a suspect that generally can be described as a light skinned black male or Hispanic, 20-30 years of age, 5-6 to 5-10 height, and average to athletic build.
The Rochester Police Department is releasing this information so that individuals that reside in or near this neighborhood can take action to lock and secure their residences and be alert to their surroundings. The Rochester Police Department is also seeking the public’s assistance with information regarding possible suspects, the ownership of the burgundy van, or any additional information regarding these incidents or other suspicious activity occurring in this area.