Saturday, November 9, 2002

Hunt continues for 2 rapists


DNA, fingerprints being checked

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON TWP. - The two young men who raped a 44-year-old mother in an upscale subdivision off Fosters-Maineville Road didn't attempt to disguise themselves and left fingerprints all over the items they handled, as well as their DNA, police said Friday.

SUSPECTS




Hamilton Township police are asking that anyone who recognizes the sketches in Thursday's incident to call their tipline at 513-239-2450.
Investigators intend to ship that evidence off to a state crime lab to check against databases.

They also released composite sketches, and are checking them against the descriptions of two men who robbed a convenience store Friday in Clinton County.

"I think they were young and this might have been a first time for them," Detective Sgt. Andy Roosa said. "There's no indication why they did it. It was just something random."

The men rummaged through drawers, apparently looking for money, and took the woman's credit cards and Buick Skylark after the assault that began about 2 p.m. Thursday. The men, who were armed with a knife and a handgun, were inside the family's open garage. The woman came upon them there.

Sgt. Roosa said the men forced her upstairs, bound her wrists with clear packaging tape and raped her before stealing items from the house. The woman called police about 2:54 p.m. after freeing herself.

The car was found abandoned with the keys in the ignition on Morrow-Cozzadale Road, about six miles away in the east end of the township. That leads Sgt. Roosa, who is heading the investigation, to believe that the men were familiar with the rural area.

The woman described her attackers as having brown burred hair, brown eyes, and heavy acne. Both were 17 to 20 years old. One was roughly 6 feet tall and 250 pounds.The second man was approximately 5-feet-6, slightly built and wore a diamond stud earring in his right ear, Sgt. Roosa said.

The woman was treated at a hospital Thursday and released.

E-mail smclaughlin@enquirer.com




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