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Women warned as police hunt serial rapist

TT/The Local · 11 Oct 2010, 09:00

Published: 11 Oct 2010 09:00 GMT+02:00

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"We are looking for a relatively young man of 25," said Anders Wallin of the Örebro police told the TT news agency.

Police in Örebro have now classified an assault and battery that took place on Sunday night as an attempted rape.

"Given the previous night, there is some risk that he may come again, or in our case remain outdoors," Wallin said.

On Sunday night, a woman in Örebro was attacked When she entered her home, a man unknown to her forced his way into the apartment and assaulted her.

Police initially believed it was only an assault, but have now classified the incident as an attempted rape.

"We think that it was the goal of the attack. Part of the description and methods point to it being the same perpetrator," Wallin said.

Overnight, 12 patrol units in Örebro searched for the suspected serial rapist.

"We used a lot of extra resources overnight. There are parts of the description that match each of the three independent events from the last few days. We cannot rule out that it is the same man," Wallin said.

The description is consistent for the attempted rape and rape that occurred on Sunday morning. According to Wallin, police now have "a pretty good" description of the man.

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When asked if women should be careful when going out, Wallin said, "I'm not going to issue such a warning. However, we have discussed it, and as it stands right now, people should at least be observant. I do not want to make recommendations at this time."

In recent years, there have been at least a dozen unsolved rapes and attempted rapes in Örebro. According to police, they involve two different men, each of whom committed several assaults, whose descriptions match.

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09:29 October 11, 2010 by Carnitas
I guess the police need no help from the public since neither them nor the media care to share those descriptions of the suspects.
09:54 October 11, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
@ Carnitas

Description of the subject suspected in the three attacks yesterday:


-Wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt

-Medium build

-Fair skinned

-About 170-175 cm tall

-Using a bicycle for getaways

Granted, still pretty vague, no? Most countries would have at least put out a composite sketch or two by now. But remember the mindset here - Swedish authorities like to use a "blanket policy" of releasing very little information to the public about alleged suspects, because they want to protect the criminal (just in case they are wrong, mind you) at the expense of protecting the public and future possible victims. We are to accept this as they are the government, they are the experts and we serfs could definitely be of no help. They know better than us, and we must blindly agree that they will protect our poor wretched souls and know what is best for us.

It sounds backwards I know...but in Swedish society it is 100% "lagom" and makes perfect sense.
09:57 October 11, 2010 by Kemi

...Exactly, the only "description" they cared to give was his age---as if they've seen his ID already, ridiculous.
10:00 October 11, 2010 by Noxtion
They have a 'pretty good' description, but won't release it to the public? Or did it just not get released here on The Local?

You want to warn people what to look out for, can't just sit there staring at every guy wondering if it might be him you should keep an eye on.
10:52 October 11, 2010 by omphus
Middle eastern, mid to late 20's.
10:54 October 11, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
@ omphus:

Since when does "middle-eastern" match the police description of "fair skinned" for this suspect?
11:18 October 11, 2010 by Svampen
Just a little update, as a resident of Örebro (I live 2 minutes from one of the attempts in Varberga) I have actally now been warned against going out alone at night, especially between 2 and 6 am. So at least thats something. Our theory here is the guy must have just gotten out of jail or something becase otherwise why the months long gap in attacks? Its horrid.
11:19 October 11, 2010 by Audrian
Why society is complacent with police work regarding rapists. There is a need to keep them out of circulation including those women who might lie to put a man in trouble! A person who is known to have raped two or three women should be made to choose between sterilization and life sentence is one such measure. I have read that this method practiced by some judges in the US.
13:02 October 11, 2010 by StockholmSam
If you have ever compared a composite sketch of a suspect with the actual perpetrator that was caught and convicted, you will know that such sketches can be wildly off-the-mark. Now imagine if the sketch looked somewhat similar to you...
14:03 October 11, 2010 by eppie

quote because they want to protect the criminal (just in case they are wrong, mind you) unquote.

If people think this they are stupid.

There are many reasons why not to show sketches or if they would have them pictures of suspects. What if the person in the sketch looks like somebody else, or what if they showed a wrong picture......it happens often that people take the law in their own hands and lynch the wrong person.

This has nothing to do with protecting the person that with 100 % certainty commited a horrible crime.
14:10 October 11, 2010 by BlackAfrican
Det är sannolikt att mannen är vit. Det är inte bra för svenka kvinnor. Han försökte våldtäkt en 64 årige kvinna i går! Ojojoj!!Jag tror att mannen är sjuk i huvudet.
14:43 October 11, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
@eppie and stockholmsam

I'm not saying that a composite sketch is perfect (far from it) though granted the more witnesses are that can contribute the better the sketch....

The point is anything, even a stick figure drawn on a napkin sure beats the usual rhetoric of "We're pretty sure the rapist is...uh...a guy. Yeah, definitely looking for a male. YUP!" fuzzy-nothingness that they report to the media.

Makes me wonder if the police stay quiet because they really don't have a clue at all. -_-
14:46 October 11, 2010 by wiserthanmos
I sure there is a horrific punishment awaiting for this ripist when they got him. Opss! I forgot this is Sweden, may be they give him a reward and let him go. Remember a muslim that killed the 78 year old woman in Lund last year? they give 18 months, right? 18 freaking months for a life?!
15:20 October 11, 2010 by RobinHood
Descriptions are notoriously unreliable, and often do more harm than good in the hunt for the perpetrator; especially in emotive crimes like rape. Usually overloading the enquiry with dozens/hundreds of false leads from people who think they know someone who looks like the description. That is not to say descriptions are not sometimes spectacularly accurate, but more often, they are spectacularly inaccurate. The police will usually keep a description or sketch to themselves, and that seems to be the case here.

When a description is made public, you can be sure that the police are getting desperate for a lead, and/or have surplus detectives available to deal with the public response.

This is not a procedure unique to Sweden, many other countires do it this way too.
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