11/01/96

'Five Points rapist' search going beyond A-C area

Police in other college towns questioned

By Lee Shearer, Staff Writer

    Athens-Clarke police have visited police departments in several university towns in Georgia and Florida in hopes of finding a trail that might lead to the elusive Five Points rapist.

    Athens-Clarke detectives have visited departments in DeKalb County and Valdosta in Georgia, as well as Tallahassee, Fla., and Gainesville, Fla.

    All are towns with large college student populations - Emory University and Agnes Scott College in DeKalb County, Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Florida State University in Tallahassee and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

    Descriptions of the Five Points rapist and his crimes are similar to rapes in some of the other college towns, including two July 1995 attacks in Gainesville, according to Gainesville police.

    But similarity does not necessarily mean the same criminal is at work, said Lt. Alan Brown of the Athens-Clarke Police Department.

    "It hasn't turned up any suspects," Brown said. "It's turned up some similar-type attacks."

    One reason police have widened their investigation is because of the long gap between some of the attacks of the Five Points rapist, on the theory that he may have been somewhere else in those gaps of time, Brown said.

    Police believe the man is responsible for sexual attacks on five women in Five Points between March 18, 1995, and March 17, 1996.

    Police have also sent information outlining the series of Five Points sexual attacks to the National Crime Information Center, a nationwide computerized clearinghouse that many different police agencies can access, and have mailed about 500 letters to police departments in the Southeast, Brown said.

    Athens-Clarke detectives have also telephoned many other police departments in addition to their visits, talking with detectives investigating crimes that seem similar to the Five Points attacks in a number of characteristics - if the victims were college-age women, if the attack occurred in a house, if the description of the rapist is similar to the accounts of the five women attacked in Five Points.

    The Five Points rapist has attacked women who live in first-floor dwellings that have wooded areas on the property where he can sit and watch a potential victim, Brown said.

    Victims have described him as a white male in his 30s with medium to short blonde to brown hair, big blue eyes and a slim, wiry build. They have said he is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, has a "weathered," wrinkled face and speaks with a Southern accent.

    Police last month released a psychological profile of the man, detailing a number of likely characteristics. The rapist, according to the profile, is:

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