Local police get closer to solving assault case

(Picture courtesy: RCPD)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — Police are getting closer to revealing information concerning a person they believe has been involved with assaulting women in Manhattan and Lawrence for more than 10 years. The first rape happened in Manhattan, in 2000. Most of them occurred in the early morning, during a college break period and at apartment complexes. Police have connected a serial rapist to 14 rapes and one attempted rape between October 1, 2000 and December 1, 2008.

Victims have given various descriptions, but the person has been described as a white man, anywhere from 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing from 160 to 220 pounds. He’s also said to be in his early to late 20s. But that was about 10 years ago. In some cases a knife or gun was used.

Victims have also reported suspicious behavior from the suspect before an attack. But with Thursday’s planned press conference in Manhattan, a lot of people are hoping for closure.

“I think the thing people would want to see the most is that they’re getting somewhere,” Rieschick said. “Maybe they have a suspect or maybe they have an idea of who did it or where he could be.”

Police in Riley County and in Lawrence will hold a news conference Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. New information in the case is expected to be given at that time. KSNT will stream the news conference live, on this website.


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