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'Serial rapist' spreads fear in Lund

TT/Clara Guibourg · 14 Jan 2012, 09:36

Published: 14 Jan 2012 09:36 GMT+01:00

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A young woman and several girls, some as young as ten, have recently been attacked in the city's eastern area.

Parents living in eastern Lund have been encouraged to walk their children to school and back, and police have increased their surveillance of the area.

"We believe the same man may be responsible for six separate attempted rapes," said police inspector Stephan Söderberg to newspaper Aftonbladet.

Schools in the area have also raised their guard, to protect their students.

"On Friday we sent home a letter to all students and parents, with recommended measures," said Marie Jönsson, head mistress of Vikingaskolan, to national TV station SVT.

Within just half an hour on Thursday afternoon, two 11 year-old girls were subjected to attempted rapes in the Linero neighbourhood.

According to Aftonbladet, the girls were attacked from behind. One hand was placed over their mouths and another between their legs. The attacker even attempted to cart off one of the girls.

"When the girl screamed he ran away," said Söderberg.

According to several media reports, Thursday's attempted rapes are likely connected to two attacks last weekend, which also occurred in eastern Lund.

"We can't rule out that the perpetrator is the same man," said Håkan Nilsson of the Lund police force to news agency TT.

"It happens in the same area, at roughly the same time in the afternoon. And he acts almost the same every time. There are several factors which feel as though it might be the same man," explained Stephan Söderberg to Aftonbladet.

No suspect has yet been arrested for the crimes.

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Lund's police force have now raised their surveillance of the city's eastern areas.

"There are police officers there around the clock now," said Håkan Nilsson to TT.

He explained that they've received several tips from the public. In a bid to learn more, a police bus will be set up in the area on Saturday, which anyone with information on the attacks is encouraged to visit.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:43 January 14, 2012 by RobinHood
What does this man look like?
11:20 January 14, 2012 by jostein
Since the article doesnt say i guess that sortof narrows it down. Swedish media is the real threat to freedom of speech and democracy in this country.
11:56 January 14, 2012 by hongkongdanchang
It is not the rapist that spread fear but the article from The Local.

But as long as it makes money for them, then they don't care about victims.
12:05 January 14, 2012 by StuartM
Shocking to see this happen in my home town of Lund but perhaps not surprising when the police don't seem to give a damn about protecting women and children from male violence. In 2010 for example there were 41 reported rapes in Lund and not a single one of them led to a prosecution. I don't understand how Sweden can possibly claim gender equality when the legal system is a complete joke on such issues.
12:50 January 14, 2012 by vancer
@ hongkongdanchang

are you insane?
14:02 January 14, 2012 by Iraniboy

Please explain to me how this guy look like:


Unless you realize people's skin and race doesn't show what's in their mind you have to suffer from this paranoia! It is counterproductive to humiliate an entire community or race for what a single criminal does and it is very well observed by Swedish media because it is reflected by how most Swedes believe!
14:24 January 14, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
A good first step to catching the perpetrator would be a description
15:28 January 14, 2012 by StockholmSam
Yes, a description would be nice, but how do you folks even know that a description exists? From what I read, he approached his victims from behind and then quickly ran off when they screamed. Quite feasible that none of the victims saw his face or even got a good look at his body shape.
15:44 January 14, 2012 by saar
At least in Norway the media is more open.


16:03 January 14, 2012 by RobinHood

I think it might be better for the women and girls of Lund if you forget all that PC rubbish, demand that a description of the rapist to be issued, and catch him as quickly as possible. That's the way it's done everywhere else.
16:27 January 14, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
It is very suspicious that there is no description of this paedophile rapist on the loose in Sweden. What could possibly be more important than getting a description in front of the public???
16:32 January 14, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Webcams are cheap enough that the government should try to set up a neighbourhood watch system where all residents can record what is going on in the streets in front or behind their residences. Within days almost all populated areas could have surveillance.

Would be surprised if 6 attacks truly yielded ZERO information on at least the attacker's height and build. I am curious if it is police or media policy that prevents the circulation of preliminary descriptions, and which therefore increases the danger to all women.
16:33 January 14, 2012 by Iraniboy

That would be true if they had a face picture or at least a drawn face picture other wise a simple 170-180 cm man in his 20-30s with x face color is not only worthless but also can be counterproductive as I mentioned.
17:26 January 14, 2012 by zoroastrina
Swedish "justice" as in the parody of justice in the case of Assange.
19:23 January 14, 2012 by RobinHood

I'm sure you won't understand that your willingness to endanger the lives of women and children in Lund to protect your own sensitivities disgusts me.
20:30 January 14, 2012 by Iraniboy

You are fooling yourself if you think you can protect any woman or children if you bring up a very general description of a criminal that matches 1 millions in Sweden! Good luck with your protecting strategies but fortunately things work based on logic in Sweden not gut feelings!
21:09 January 14, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar

So we must not put out a description of a child molester because it would humiliate the finer feelings of people such as iraniboy. How utterly selfish. Medieval chauvanism from a discredited male attitude in Iran where women are persecuted is not a good role model..
21:25 January 14, 2012 by TheWatchman
So we must not put out a description of a child molester because it would humiliate the finer feelings of people such as iraniboy. How utterly selfish. Medieval chauvanism from a discredited male attitude in Iran where women are persecuted is not a good role model..

Exactly. What matters more, the lives and safety of Swedish women or the feelings of men who hate Swedish people?
21:41 January 14, 2012 by Iraniboy
@nar klockan and TheWatchman

If you bothered to read my entire comment rather writing based on what comes into your mind as a result of your hormones you would have realized that I support the idea of putting out the description of rapists when it helps which is when it is a full description. Otherwise if it is just the description of a million men then it is not helping anyone not you guys in particular! If you were living in Örebro in the time where the Sweden's most frequent rapist was being searched you'd realize how useless it could be if they had announced it is guy in 20s with blonde hairs!! How could this possibly help any girl in Örebro?!
22:09 January 14, 2012 by chemo007
again racism...........wth with all those who are just talking about race n ethnicity. It's sad n shocking news, whoever behind this incident should be punished as per Swedish rules. Thumbs down for all racists
23:01 January 14, 2012 by Chickybee
Sweden's press is becoming a laughing stock.

Why all the subtefuge about giving a description?

In Luxembourg a group of unemployed young French North Africans were behind a spate of petrol station robberies - this is just a fact.

They are all now locked up and will then be deported.

Underreporting just compounds suspicion.
23:21 January 14, 2012 by si
The photo attachment to this story is fairly random and at this time of the year could just as well have been taken at lunch time. Come on the local - time to fire all those part timers..
01:19 January 15, 2012 by suprkynu
as long as the repist in sweden he is swedish. leave discription and what is he look like for the police, that is the job of police it's not yours. and i know sweden is so sensitive about racism other than any other country on the world so,some people i looking for the repist was immigrant. stop thinking about nagative attitude towards some people.
00:35 January 16, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
The majority of serial killers in the history of crime in the United States are white men, and descriptions from people who were nearly victimized by these psycopaths have often assisted in the capture and/or conviction of these serial killers. And the deadliest mass murderer in the modern history of Scandinavia is also a white man, so it's not like the white community can pretend that it does not produce perpetrators of violent and deadly crimes, including serial rape. Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were also white.

As far as I am aware, no police department in North America has withheld descriptions given to them by victms or near victims of these criminals, based on skin colour, so like many posters here I wonder if the policy to keep tentative descriptions quiet (or complete descriptions? Maybe some victim has already provided a complete and accurate description?) does more to endanger his next vitcim(s) (if any) than the good it might accomplish by not embarassing a much larger group.

The rapist will be aware of media attention now and may start to commit crimes in another area, which makes the publication of descriptions more important. (Actually one good reason for the police NOT to post a description would be if the police honestly felt they had a better chance of apprehending the criminal if he is under the impression that no clear description of him has been recorded yet.)

Frankly the brazen nature of the attacks make it sound to me like this criminal is a mentally ill person who is off his meds. As with serial killing, no race has a monopoly on mental illness, so again I would hope that the police make useful data available if they have any (and let's remember that this criminal may be white).
08:57 January 17, 2012 by seekingthetruth
Women should be home with their families taking care of family. This protects women from rape, be home and do your job!
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