Serial Rapist Fear In City
Police believe a serial rapist has attacked
at least four women in Canberra.
ACT Police Deputy Chief Shane Connelly said
today three women had been attacked since
July last year and another woman who was
raped in 2002 was also believed to be one
of the man's victims.
All the attacks have been in Canberra's northern
suburbs, but police fear the rapist is spreading
his net further, after a series of thefts appeared
to fit his modus operandi.
"What we have is a series of sexual offences where
there is definitive links," Mr Connelly said.
The rapist attacked victims in suburban O'Connor on
July 11, 2005, Macquarie on December 5, and Cook on
January 4 this year.
Police have connected him to a further rape in Macquarie
on September 2, 2002.
"I believe that the last sexual assault was on January 4
but there has been incidents that have occurred since that
date where we believe there could be a connection, where
no sexual assault was committed but other behaviour would
indicate a consistency," Mr Connolly said.
Mr Connelly said the rapist was indiscriminate and had attacked
young and older women.
He stalks his prey, often watching where they live before
pouncing between the hours of 11pm and 4am.
"Certainly we believe he may use bike paths and footpaths
and public spaces to observe," he said.
"There is an element of planning in what he does.
"People have been on the premises when the attacks have
occurred and other people have not been aware."
Descriptions were sketchy but Mr Connelly said he was
likely to live in Canberra and was average in height and
"He is Caucasian," he said.
"On the occasions he has spoken, he has spoken with an
The rapist was also believed to be a smoker and carried
a weapon but Mr Connelly would not say what kind.
Police were treating the search for the rapist as a top
priority, assigning more than 20 officers and detectives
at the operation.
"There are more than 300,000 pairs of eyes and ears in
this town," he said.
"We want everyone looking for this offender and