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03/16/06

Teen Raped, Police Seek Suspect

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Police are searching for a man who posed as an exterminator and raped a Savannah teenager. The 16-year-old was raped after school yesterday in her home off Wheaton Street.

Blackshear Homes is typically a quiet place to live. That was until yesterday afternoon.

"Special victims detectives are investigating a rape of a 16-year-old in public housing," said Lt. Mike Wilkins with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Police say a man posing as an exterminator told the girl he needed to spray for termites. She called her mom and her mom said to let him in.

"Once the man was inside, he pulled a weapon on the girl and raped her on the living room floor," Lt. Wilkins said. "When he left, she called the police."

Police say the man said he worked for the Housing Authority of Savannah, but that was a lie. He didn't have a uniform, an ID or a marked vehicle, like a real exterminator would.

This attack has everyone in the Blackshear community on alert.

"It's disgusting," said one neighbor. "I have grandchildren that come around and I'm scared to even have them come out and play."

"Everyone is being more cautious and more careful," another told us. "I'm very sorry. I know how that mother feels, because it could have been my daughter."

Police are searching for the rapist, and Lt. Wilkins had this advice: "If someone knocks on your door claiming to be a maintenance worker, check their ID, make sure they're in uniform and that they are who they say they are."

They don't want anyone to give the rapist the opportunity to strike again.

Police are looking for a medium-skinned black man. He's 5'8", with a slim build, in his late '30s. At the time of the attack yesterday afternoon, he was wearing a blue track suit and a dark blue hat.

If you have any information about who this man may be, call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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