Plano Police Hope Video Can Provide Break in Rape Case

Police release video of man who allegedly assaulted woman in April

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 11:58 PM CDT
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Plano police have released video of a man who allegedly broken into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

Plano police have released video of a man who allegedly broken into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her.

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Police are looking for information about a man who broke into a Plano home two months ago and sexually assaulted a woman who was asleep in bed.

Plano police said the attack happened in the early hours of April 2.

“It’s your worst nightmare," Officer Rick McDonald said. "She awakes in the middle of the night, and an intruder had come into her house."

Investigators are publicizing the case after discovering surveillance video of the man at a second location.

“We believe it's a stranger attack,” McDonald said. “Whether they may have crossed paths at some point, we don't know yet.”

Police have refused to say where in Plano the attack happened in an effort to protect the victim's identity.

But Jana Barker, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, said she disagrees with the department's decision.

“I think they should release the general area -- not for people to panic, but to be aware,” she said.

She said that a rapist bold enough to attack a stranger will attack again.

“Generally, these kind of people are serial rapists, which again puts the entire community at risk,” Barker said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Plano police.

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