The peace of the Artisan Ridge apartments in Southern Dallas has been broken after a man tried to rape two women there and exposed himself to a third one.
The Preakness Lane-located complex sent out warning letters to residents after the third incident took place on Wednesday.
The authorities are left with no leads on the suspect at large. They also do not much have much helpful description about the suspect to credibly draw a sketch of him.
The first of the three victims attacked on October 2 told local media that she is quite disappointed with the handling of the police of her case. She shared to the police that she was able to scratch the suspect when he attacked her, but that did not prompt them to get DNA from underneath her fingernails.
The victims also said emphatically that she was able to take a good hard look at her attacker. She thinks the other victims could have been saved if her case had been given more importance by the police.
She recalled what happened to her. She was then outside by the phone when the man grabbed her from behind in the hallway outside of her friend’s apartment. The suspect attempted to pull down her pants. At that point, the victim dropped her phone and started screaming.
The attacker did not let up in spite of her screams and instead body slammed her then dragged her to the grassy, unlit area. That sent warning signals in the head of the victim, knowing her attacker would surely try to rape her if he manage to drag her fully to the grassy area.
The victim fought hard, started screaming and kicking, even hitting the attacker on one point on his private part, sending him to fall on top of her. He also tried to cover her mouth with his hand.
The woman then bit her attacker and hit him in the eye, sending him to jump off and ran away. The victim says of her attacker: “It looked like he might have been high. He looked like he didn’t know what he was doing or didn’t care.”
Four days after that attack, a man with the same description exposed himself to another woman who was trying to get into her vehicle.
The third attack happened to a woman just last Wednesday as the woman was getting back to her apartment. Her apartment happens to be located just across the parking lot from where the first attack took place.
The woman said she saw the man on the stairs wearing black pants and a hoodie. She was on the third step when the man stood up and tried to reach to her to pull down her pants. She decided to drop to the stairs to prevent him from pulling down her pants.
The third victim also tried to fight off the attacker by trying to kick him. The attacker was hitting her, and she started to scream hard, and then all of a sudden the attacker hit her on the head and just took off.
The woman’s son heard her screams from inside the apartment and came out with a knife, but it was too late to run after the suspect who had disappeared by then.
The victim suffered concussions from the attack, and bruises on her shoulder, knees and legs. She said she had an 18-year-old daughter who could have been attacked as well. She questions why the warning letter was not sent to the residents after the first attack. She had been having sleepless nights about what happened.
Despite the fears and worries caused by the repeated attacks against women in the complex, the police have yet to come out with substantial investigation that could lead to the identification, search and arrest of the reprehensible suspect and sexual abuser.