Attention: Homicide, Sex Crimes, and Robbery Units. (VICAP Alert)

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Attention: Homicide, Sex Crimes, and Robbery Units. (VICAP Alert)


Any agency that has a case exhibiting similar modus operandi should contact the Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Department at 970-224-6090.

The Fort Collins, Colorado, Police Department is investigating a series of six sexual assaults that occurred near the campus of Colorado State University between May 2001 and August 2001. DNA obtained was entered into CODIS and compared to the existing DNA profiles. Comparisons determined that the DNA matched five sexual assaults and one homicide in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that occurred near major universities between June 1997 and August 1999. One of the Philadelphia assaults resulted in the death of a 23-year-old college student.

Crime Scenes

The offender targets multiresident complexes, allowing unimpeded egress from each crime scene. The offender enters through unsecured doors and windows or removes window screens. The suspect blindfolds the victim with materials found at the Scene. The assaults take place in the early morning hours while the victims are sleeping. Each complex is located a short distance from a major university. It is believed that the suspect surveilled each location prior to the assault either through employment opportunities or as a result of nocturnal actions.

Possible Suspect Information

The offender is described as a white or mixed-race male, 18 to 35 years of age, 5'7" to 6'2" in height, and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. …

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