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Friday
Nov092012

Serial Rape Suspect's Wife Moved Car from Crime Scene, Police Say

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- A prosecutor in the district attorney's office in Seattle, whose husband has been charged as a serial rapist, removed her husband's car from the scene of his arrest and didn't tell investigators about it for weeks, according to newly released court documents.

Danford Grant, 47, a partner at the Seattle law firm Bailey Grant Onsager, is facing seven felony charges of rape and attempted rape in attacks involving Chinese immigrants at massage parlors.  The father of three was arrested on Sept. 24, but was released on $1 million bail last week and is on home detection with a monitoring bracelet.

Grant's wife, Jennifer, is in the eye of the storm after court documents released Tuesday reveal behavior that has drawn the attention of authorities and prosecutors.  Police say Jennifer Grant, a supervisor in the criminal division of the Seattle City Attorney's Office, moved her husband's car from the scene of his arrest at the Carnation Massage Clinic and parked it at a random location near her home.  She didn't tell investigators about the car's location for weeks.

Detectives had served search warrants looking for the car, hoping to find "a folding knife, cell phones and other evidence," according to court documents.

Police also say that Jennifer Grant used her husband's key card to get into the parking garage of his office shortly after the arrest.

No charges have been filed against her.

"There could be severe consequences, and as a prosecuting attorney, one could argue that she should have known better," said ABC News legal analyst Dana Cole.

Jennifer Grant and her husband's attorney declined ABC News' request for an interview.  Danford Grant's attorney, Richard Hansen, told a local reporter that Jennifer Grant had parked her husband's car away from the house to avoid the news media and that she wasn't trying to hide the vehicle.

Seattle City's Attorney says Jennifer Grant "has been reassigned to responsibilities that do not entail courtroom prosecutorial work."

Danford Grant is working on his defense and has pleaded not guilty.  Police claim he raped the women after using personal information he'd somehow uncovered about their backgrounds and threatened them with it.

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Thursday
Apr262012

'Teardrop Rapist' Linked to First Attack in Five Years

Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A serial rapist in Los Angeles known for a teardrop tattoo and distinct mode of operation has attacked a 28th victim after a five-year hiatus.

Authorities in Los Angeles are on the hunt for the "teardrop rapist" and asking for the public's help.  The suspect has been linked to 28 sexual assaults beginning in February 1996.

After no reported attacks for five years, authorities used DNA to link the suspect to a November 2011 attack.

On Nov. 10, a 15-year-old girl was walking in south L.A. when a man approached her and asked for directions.  He then pulled a gun on her and forced her to walk a short distance to a yard where he sexually assaulted her, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities do not know the reason behind the five-year break between attacks, but have speculated that it could mean the perpetrator could have been behind bars for another crime.

The 28 similar incidents have been linked "through DNA evidence and/or the suspect's distinct mode of operation," according to police.

"The crimes have been rape, sodomy, oral copulation, kidnapping … the M.O. is very distinct … these are women walking alone," Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said at a news conference.

All of the crimes occurred early in the morning between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., police said in a news release.  The suspect approached each victim and engaged them in conversation before producing a knife or firearm.  He would then force them to walk to a secluded area where he would sexually assault them.  The victims have ranged from ages 14 to 41.

And then there's the unforgettable teardrop tattoo.

"The teardrops have been mentioned by a large number of the victims.  We believe that that is a clue in play and worthy of mention, yet confusing because some victims have said right eye, some victims have said left eye," Albanese said.  "Some victims have said one teardrop; one victim said as many as three teardrops.  So, we don't want to confuse the public, but at the same time we want to put information out that's relevant to our ability to arrest this guy."

On Tuesday, the LAPD released nine composite sketches of the suspect based on the descriptions from the 28 victims.  Police acknowledge the variations in the illustrations and said they are common when crimes are reported by multiple people over several years.

Albanese also warned women in Los Angeles to be on high alert and advised that they not walk around in those early hours alone, especially with headphones on that would make it hard to hear someone approaching.

Authorities believe the suspect is a Hispanic male between the ages of 27 and 40 with brown hair and brown eyes.  They think he is between 5-feet-2 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs between 130 and 200 pounds.  He has been described as having a light complexion and possibly a moustache.´╗┐

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Monday
Oct242011

Serial Rapist Attacking Sorority Sisters in Texas, Cops Say

Plano, Texas Police Department(DALLAS) -- Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority, and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them.

Four alumnae of the same sorority -- black women in their mid-50s to early 60s -- were raped in their Dallas-area homes over the last 11 months, apparently all by the same assailant, according to an alert sent out by the Plano, Texas Police Department.

The most recent of the attacks occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Corinth, police said.

The police statement did not identify the sorority, but the Dallas Morning News reported that it was Delta Sigma Theta, and that the sorority had sent out email alerts to alumnae.

Some alumnae of the sorority told ABC News that they themselves had not received the email alerts, but said they had heard about them from others.

Besides the attack in Corinth, in Denton County, two of the rapes occurred in Plano and the other in Coppell, both of which are in Dallas County.  Each of the four attacks happened between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The suspect, who is seen in a surveillance video released by Plano police, is described as a black man, estimated to be in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds.  He has a trimmed beard and short hair, and possibly a receding hairline, police said.

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Monday
Jan172011

Police: Serial Rapist Loose in Michigan

Image Courtesy - Detroit Police Department(DETROIT) -- Police in Detroit say a serial rapist is on the loose. The attacks began New Year’s Day and the suspect has struck another seven times since then.

All of the attacks happened at or near bus stops and all the victims are African-American women between the ages of 17 and 33.  The man attacks in the early morning hours and is thought to be driving a dark-colored car, possibly a Grand Am.

The suspect is an African-American with a thin moustache and beard.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said Monday that forensic evidence will be key in tracking down the right person.

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