Hundreds of women from a sorority targeted by a serial rapist gathered Saturday for the Fort Worth chapter's Annual Sisterhood Luncheon, despite their fears.
Delta Sigma Thetas met in a relatively public place -- Radisson Hotel-Fossil Creek in Fort Worth -- while the attacker is still on the loose.
"I'm heartbroken about what's happened. And at the same time, I feel empowered," said keynote speaker Julianne Malveaux, who urged her sorority to match the $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward to find the man caught on surveillance video.
Police said he's been raping black women in their 50s and 60s who are members of Delta Sigma Theta.
"This situation, of course, is alarming," said Malveaux.
"You are going to get caught and you are going to be punished," said Cheryl Smith, a radio talk show host.
Smith is frustrated that police waited until last month to announce the rapist was targeting her sorority sisters when they suspected it back in April. But she's speaking out every chance she gets, dubbing the sexual predator "Pookie."
"Somebody knows 'Pookie,' and I hope someone will come through," said Smith. "In every community or family, there's a 'Pookie,' who's always doing something they have no business doing."
In this case, police said he's attacked at least four women over the past year, from Coppell to Plano to Shady Shores.
"This is not about sex. It's about humiliation. It's about some very angry, very disturbed man attempting to assert himself in a vile way," said Malveaux.
The sisters want him caught before he strikes again.
The serial rapist is described as a black man in his late 30s to mid-40s, between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall, about 250 to 300 pounds and may have a thin, well-trimmed beard. He may also be balding.