Lake Highlands Neighbors Remain Vigilant

Monday, Mar 25, 2013  |  Updated 9:20 AM CDT
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Though neighbors are still on edge after a series of sexual assaults in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas, police and residents say the attacker can be caught.

An intruder attacked a woman in her home on Ferndale Road on Feb. 22. Another woman was assaulted in her home, also on Ferndale Road, on March 15. A third woman was attacked in her home on Aldwick Drive on March 19.

Neighbors in Lake Highlands held five walks Sunday to organize and support the efforts of police officers and residents in trying to keep the neighborhood safe.

Before one of the marches, more than 100 people gathered at the intersection of Ferndale and Church where they picked up fliers with suggested prayers.

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"We believe that prayer is powerful," said organizer Jessica Haas. "And we can dispel the spirit of fear that has fallen over us in the last weeks. We believe that with the presence of God's people in this place that there will be power, and that our prayers will be effective and that people will be encouraged. And that through this, we trust this criminal will be caught."

Though victim recollections of the attacker differ, Dallas police said Friday that DNA evidence obtained from the crime scene suggests they are looking for only one person in connection with the three sexual assaults.

A reward of $25,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. To be eligible for the reward, the tip must be received through Crime Stoppers by calling 877-373-8477.

Timeline of Attacks

Feb. 22 attack on Ferndale Road: A woman was assaulted in her home after a man broke in at about 12:45 a.m. and assaulted her in her bed at knife point. Police said the attacker entered the home through a window and was described as 35-years-old, black with bald or short hair and that he spoke with an African accent. He is estimated to be about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 180 lbs.

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March 15 attack on Ferndale Road: A woman was assaulted at about 10 p.m. inside her home on Ferndale Road after a man entered the home through a window. The man was described as Latino and in his 20s with a round, chubby face and a buzz cut. He was clean-shaven and spoke English with a Spanish accent. He is estimated to be about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 200 lbs.

March 19 attack on Aldwick Drive: A woman was assaulted at about 6:45 a.m. inside her home on Aldwick Drive after a man kicked in the front door. The man is described as Latino, in his early 20s with light skin, a thin build and a thin mustache. He is estimated to be 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. The man spoke English with a Spanish accent and wore a gray hoodie and black leather gloves. Police said the man may have a scratch on his body.

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