Police ask public to be on alert as they search for rapist
The Burleson Police Department continues to search for the man who sexually assaulted a woman in her home, located on Wisteria Lane, Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Police received the call at about 8:25 p.m., according to Burleson Police Department Sgt. Wes Routson.
“The survivor heard a knocking on her front door and when she opened the door, the suspect forced his way in and tried to sexually assault her,” Routson said. “She (the survivor) tried to fight him off. The suspect fled the residence on foot. The survivor described the attacker as a tall slender male wearing a hoodie about 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4.”
According to Burleson police records found online, there were 21 reported rapes in Burleson during 2017. (https://www.burlesontx.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/6665)
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Nine out of 10 victims are female. Also, 55 percent of assaults occur near or in the victim’s home.
“Usually, a sexual assault is completed by someone the survivor knows,” Routson said. “In this case, we feel that it was a stranger.”
Routson also addressed some of the backlash the survivor has been facing on social media, including keeping her identity a secret.
“We don’t want the survivor to be traumatized again by internet trolls – people who are saying terrible things on Facebook because they are insensitive or because they haven’t thought things through,” he said.
If you are concerned about the safety of yourself or your family in your home, Routson suggests the following safety measures:
•Pay attention to your surroundings at night and make sure your front porch is illuminated.
•If you see people walking around your neighborhood who don’t live there, keep an eye on them. If they look suspicious, call 911.
•Invest in a peephole, doorbell camera or surveillance camera.
•Keep your doors and windows locked.
•Do not open your door for strangers.
“This could happen anywhere and unfortunately it happened to someone in our community,” Routson said, noting the investigation is ongoing.