Serial rapist may be targeting women in Memphis neighborhood


Credit: Mickens, Courtney (CMG-Memphis)

Credit: Mickens, Courtney (CMG-Memphis)

A possible serial rapist is targeting women in one Memphis neighborhood. Police are warning women in the northeast Raleigh area, to be on the lookout.

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The Memphis Police Department’s sex crimes bureau is investigating several rapes that may be connected. To make matters worse, the MPD said the suspect has a gun.

Investigators said the circumstances in all of the cases are similar. Selena Tate, who lives in northeast Raleigh, said, “People need to be more aware of their surroundings and watch who they have an encounter with.”

MPD said the victims either meet the suspect in person or on social media. Malesa Woods, who also lives in northeast Raleigh said that's not a good idea.

“You’re putting yourself in harm and danger when you get on social media and meet someone. You don’t know nothing about them,” said Woods.

MPD said on Sunday that the man lures his victims to different areas where he rapes them.

Police don’t have much to go on right now, as the suspect description is vague. He’s described as a black man in his mid-to late 20s with a light to medium complexion wearing sweatpants or jogging pants.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.