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09/21/04

Apartment Management Spreading Word About Serial Rapist

On September 2, a tenant of Savannah's Edgewater Trace was raped by a man police are calling a serial rapist. The apartment managers have been working with police to try to reassure everyone. Like many other apartment complexes in the area, this one is spreading the word. Managers put up flyers on every door this afternoon.

Vernell Banks and her daughter just moved into Edgewater Trace a few months ago. "It's serious to me and surprising that it's happening in this neighborhood," she said.

Edgewater Trace is one of four places where police believe the serial rapist has abducted and raped women. Police say Magnolia Garden apartments up the road was were the first victim lives. The latest attack happened in Richmond Hill at Plantation IV apartments over the weekend.

Police won't release any information about the fourth rape.

It's not just people who live in these apartment complexes who need to be vigilant. We all need to be more on guard. Police say you never know where this man could strike next.

With all the media coverage, police say people are being more cautious. "Actually when I was at the bus stop, earlier I was sitting there and kept looking around," said Banks. "I was reading the newspaper and you never know, the person could be sitting right next to you and you'd never know it."

Richmond Hill police, CrimeStoppers and Savannah-Chatham police have been flooded with calls. "In many of those instances, they have actually reported sightings and our investigators are following up on each and every lead that comes in," said Sgt. Mike Wilson with SCMPD.

With everyone working together, hopefully they can put the man pictured in the sketch here behind bars.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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