Possible serial rapist in north Toledo

Police drawing of north Toledo rape suspect.
Police drawing of north Toledo rape suspect.

Police say there may be an alert tonight for neighbors in North Toledo. Police say they may be looking for a serial rapist.

They're connecting four recent rapes, the latest one happening this morning. News 11's Lisa Rantala reports from Woodward High School with the details.

In the last few months, police think the same man is plaguing young women in Toledo's north end. One concerned neighbor said, "Three blocks in three weeks. It's getting quite ridiculous. It's scary any more around here."

The latest attack happened behind Ashley Ragusa's shed. She said, "I don't know what to say. I feel bad because everything is overgrown back there now."

Police say a man there on a bike rode up to a 15 year-old girl who was walking to Woodward High School. They say he showed her a gun, took the girl's mace, drug her behind the house and raped her.

Woodward sophomore Jasmine Williams worries about the man after hearing about the previous rape in August on Ashland and the rape in September. That one targeted a 16 year-old girl who was walking to her bus stop on Stickney and Central. According to that report, the suspect stated that he liked the victim and wanted to take care of her. The suspect then told the victim he had a gun. The suspect then pulled up his shirt. The victim saw a black gun in the suspect's waistband. The suspect then stated that he would kill the victim if she did not come.

Williams said, "See, I be walking by myself. That would make me scared."

Police say the suspect targets women in the early morning who are walking alone. They say he is black, 5' 4"-5' 6" and usually on a bike. They need any tip to crimestopper at 419-255-1111 to make sure he doesn't strike again.

Posted by LS