The attack occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009 in a condo on Whispering Sands Drive, Siesta Key Fl. The middle-aged woman was home alone when a man wearing a dark mask and carrying a handgun broke in, tied her up and attacked her. The woman managed to wiggle free and call police. She was briefly hospitalized but has been released.
The 60 year old victim told investigators that the man was black, about 6 feet tall and had a muscular build. The case bears some of the hallmarks of about a dozen recent unsolved home invasions in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Police say the Sarasota Home invader is a white male who is sometimes mistaken for a black man because of the way he talks. He wears gloves, long-sleeved shirts and a mask. The attacks have taken place in the morning, afternoon and evening, and most of them have been in middle class and well-to-do neighborhoods. This description of the Siesta Key attacker differs somewhat with what other victims have claimed, in the other 10 Home Invasions, we had descriptions of the masked man as white or light skin Hispanic, about 6"0" tall, 175 lbs, 35 to 55 years of age, dark hair, muscular build and he used the same M.O., break in, tie up victim then beat and/or rape.
In one Sarasota case, Georgeann Smith was tied up and beaten to death. In another, an elderly woman was sexually battered. But the question arises, again and again, how does the masked man know who is in the house, how does he know that there is a single middle aged woman in the house, where does his info come from ? If the Siesta Key attack is number 11 in Home Invasions for the masked man then there is a very serious problem for the Sarasota -Bradenton area with a serial attacker on the loose targeting single middle aged women and he knows where they live !
The Sarasota-Bradenton "masked man" must also have some computer internet savvy as he has been able to attack only homes that appeared to list a middle aged woman living alone, he is picking up information somewhere on who lives in the homes he attacks as to age, gender, race, medium income, number of occupants, etc.See my post of Monday 9:17 AM, May 25, 2009, NO HOME INVASIONS IN SARASOTA SINCE THE HERALD TRIBUNE POSTED A MAP ON APRIL 21st SHOWING THE ATTACKS WITH PROCTOR RD AS THE CENTER POINT.