by: Sara Whaley Updated:TULSA, Okla. —
For the first time since the serial attacks started, Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan spoke publicly Monday.
“These home invasions and sexual assaults are obviously horrific,” he said in a news conference.
Jordan said incidents like this are highly unusual in Tulsa, and that the city only experiences them every five to ten years.
“I will tell you this, the perpetrator will be brought to justice,” Jordan said.
The special task force TPD put in place is working around the clock, but they have quite the task in front of them.
They are looking for one guy out of 500,000 people.
“We are looking for a needle in the haystack and it’s a moving needle,” Jordan added.
Jordan didn’t release much on the investigation, but he did say the predator is going into homes through a back door or window.
He’s not busting through doors or breaking windows though.
Jordan said he isn’t making much noise.
“So what does that mean for citizens?” he asked. “That means lock your doors and the chance of you being a victim becomes much, much less.”
Police released a sketch of the suspect on Friday, but Monday Chief Jordan made clear he doesn’t want people completely focused on that one look.
“Don’t limit yourself as a public or as media to that composite,” Jordan said. “It’s very visual and very good, but this is not necessarily a white male.”
As we’ve reported, victims are giving different descriptions of the predator for a variety of reasons.
It’s often dark, they are traumatized and in most cases his face is covered.
Jordan agreed it’s a start, but also cautioned people.
“That is perception of one witness and one victim only. We have other victims and witnesses saying the suspect is a very light-skinned African American man.
Jordan said they are working with the U.S. Marshals Service on the case.
He also announced the launch of a mobile command unit at the Fairgrounds in midtown Tulsa.
“This will help monitor radio traffic and keep us appraised as to what’s going on,” Jordan said.
Police already have worked more than 100 Crimestopper tips.
They are urging to public to continue calling in and reporting any suspicious activity they see.