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Miami Authorities Now Seeking Second Serial Rapist
Aired June 20, 2003 - 20:25 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Authorities reveal a second serial rapist is attacking women in the Miami area. For the past two weeks, Miami police have been looking for only one attacker and concentrating on one neighborhood.
Susan Candiotti reports the second rapist is stalking a much wider area.
SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This time Miami-Dade County is enlisting the public's help in finding a serial rapist.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Somebody is going say something about this guy. Somebody is going to have some type of information. Somebody is going tell us something.
CANDIOTTI: Police handing out a composite sketch of a serial rapist linked to three attacks in the north and northwest section of the county. Two of the rapes happened within the last week, another Christmas Day. At least two more rapes may be connected.
(on camera): Police emphasize there are no known links between one rapist working in one neighborhood of the city of Miami and another working in a fairly large area of Miami-Dade County. Nothing more than a horrible coincidence, as they put it.
However, both investigations do point out how critical use of a DNA database can be.
(voice-over): County detectives were able to match their most recent attacks to the one on Christmas Day by using their DNA database.
DET. JOEY GIORDANO, MIAMI-DAD POLICE: We didn't link it geographically but luckily we had the DNA database that brought it together for us.
CANDIOTTI: In the city of Miami, police admitted they failed to submit DNA from some of its attacks as required that might have uncovered the serial rapist there sooner. Six attacks in the city are now matched through DNA.
Until both serial rapists are caught, residents in some areas are on edge. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I lock my door and everything. I told them, it is very disgusting to know these things are happening. They need to be caught.
CANDIOTTI: Until then, police say the more publicity, the better.
Susan Candiotti, CNN, Miami.
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