MANATEE — Authorities are using a multitude of tactics to crack a series of violent home invasion attacks they believe may be related — including asking the FBI for help. UPDATE....Tuesday, May 26, 2009, Masked Man Beats and Rapes Woman In Her Home On Siesta Key, The Attack Mimics 10 Other Sarasota-Bradenton Home Invasion Serial Attacks of Women.
Local officials want the FBI to look at all of the cases (10) as a whole to consider whether the same person committed the crimes and, if so, develop a behavioral profile of the serial attacker, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
UPDATE....Tuesday, April 28, 2009, DNA Links Some Sarasota Home Invasions, Detectives Say, The Supposed Sketch Is Not The Guy ! Sheriff’s detectives released a sketch of a man who is believed to have beaten and bound an elderly woman in her home, and are investigating if the same man committed as many as nine other similar attacks in Manatee and Sarasota counties. In one attack in Sarasota, a woman was found killed in her home.
The sketch is based on the recollections of a witness outside the home where the March 13 attack occurred, in the 8200 block of 19th Avenue Northwest. The drawing shows a slim, clean-cut white or light-skinned black or Hispanic man with short hair who looks as though he could be in his late teens or early 20s.
Prior attacks in the Sarasota area, victims expressed that the attacker was anywhere in age from 35 to 60 ?
Investigators have urged anyone with information on the attacks to come forward. The release of the sketch is an effort to generate leads in a case where more clues are needed, Bristow said.
The attacker in the Home Invasions in Sarasota and Bradenton Fl has been described by victims as a white male, 5'10" to 6' 0" tall, about 175 to 185 lbs, he wears a mask and has made statements that he robs to feed a crack cocaine habit.
The attacker appears to be targeting mostly middle-aged women, who live alone, creeping into their homes or yards and sneaking up behind them. He strikes them in the head, usually binds them with cords or rope he finds in their homes, then grabs cash, credit cards, jewelry and electronics.
Some of the attacks on the woman appear to have occurred in broad daylight which leads me to believe the male perp has some kind of job and marked vehicle that would not arouse suspicion as he cases the houses beforehand, a job that would imply that he had no criminal record and was trustworthy.
The male perp (attacker) must be also able to access information on who lives in the houses he cases, to identify single women in a certain age bracket. The attacks, which authorities say are unprecedented in their brutality and brazen nature, continue to have law enforcement on alert and residents terrified. Detectives are still investigating if the break-ins have been committed by the same man, as they brace for the possibility of more attacks. “I have never seen anything like this, with this kind of violence in the daytime, so we are very concerned,” Bristow said.
The following is a list of home invasions (none on a Thursday) that are being included in the investigation:
1). February 16, 2009, Mon., in the 100 block of 26th St N.W. Bradenton
2). February 22, 2009, Sun., 3500 block of Osage Terrace, Sarasota
3). March 7, 2009, Sat., in the 1900 block of Bougainvillea Street, Sarasota
4). March 10, 2009, Tues., in the 1900 block of Goldenrod Street, Sarasota
5). March 13, 2009, Fri., in the 8200 block of 19th Ave N.W., Bradenton
6). March 14, 2009, Sat., on Carmilfra Way, Sarasota
7). March 27, 2009, Fri., in the 9700 block of Oak Run Dr. Bradenton.
8). April 1, 2009,Wed., in the 4000 block of 53rd Ave E., Bradenton
9). April 6, 2009, Mon., in the 2100 Block of Jo An Drive, Sarasota (murder)
10). April 20, 2009, Mon., in the 200 block of 32nd St. N.W., Bradenton