Police investigate possible link between attempted rapes

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 6/28/2013 5:12 pm Published: 6/28/2013 3:49 pm

For the second time in the past week a young woman has managed to escape an attempted rape.

The first happened on Sunday in Sand Springs and the second late Thursday night in midtown Tulsa.

Police told FOX23 they are looking into a possible connection between the attacks.

The suspects' descriptions are slightly similar; both are described as middle-aged white men. But the cases may be unrelated.

Police said stranger rapes are rare, so two attempts in one week raises red flags.

On Thursday night, the 18-year-old victim was walking south on North Yale toward Admiral when a man in a gold car with a broken passenger side window asked if she wanted a ride.

Police said when she refused he forced her into the car and brought her to a car wash near 5th and Utica, where he tried ripping off her clothes to rape her.

"She was able to fight him off and get out of the car and hide in some nearby bushes until he left, and then went to her home and actually called 911," said Officer Jillian Roberson with Tulsa police.

She said this kind of case is odd around here.

"It is very rare to have a stranger rape. Obviously, they do occur. But most rapes occur through some type of acquaintance," she said.

But on Sunday, a girl was jogging in River City Park in Sand Springs when a man with a gun and a knife forced her into the woods where he tried to rape her.

She, too, was able to fight off her attacker, possibly even stabbing him in the leg in the process.

The description of that suspect is also vague: a white man in his late 40s or 50s.

"We're looking at these two cases. We have been in contact with Sand Springs. And so there's always a chance this could be the same person," she said.

But the suspect in last night's incident had a beard, while the man in the first attempted rape didn't.

While it's possible he grew one knowing police were looking for him, Roberson has doubts it's the same guy.

"Absolutely no indications of that right now. But yes, those are things that we think about, that these could be the same individual," she said.

Either way, she's amazed at how lucky these two women were.

"They fought this individual off. So, stand your ground. And it has been beneficial in these two cases to fight," she said.

Officer Roberson said these cases are a perfect example of why you should always have a cellphone to call for help if you're going to be out walking alone.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/28/2013 6:03 PM
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I'm having trouble with their point of view on this situation. One episode was on a bicycle ... One was from an idiot driving a car. The only similarity I see similar in both attacks the attacker/s were both pretty stupid.
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