Riley County Police have released a sketch of a suspect as their search for a serial rapist continues.
On July 27, 2017, the Riley County Police Department and the Lawrence Police Department jointly announced our intensified efforts into solving multiple incidents of rape committed in both Manhattan and Lawrence since 2000 that appear to be connected. Part of these efforts has included a review of each case to identify any information that could yield additional leads.
During the investigation of the very first case at 2215 College Avenue in Manhattan, an individual provided information regarding a white male seen in the vicinity shortly before the incident. This male was described as being 5’10” to 6’ in height, with a medium athletic build and medium-length sandy blonde hair. It was unknown whether this subject was connected to the incident, but the Riley County Police Department wanted to speak with him to determine if he could provide any information relevant to the case. Detectives completed a composite sketch of this male at the time and distributed it in the area of the incident, but no additional leads were generated as a result.
The Riley County Police Department and the Lawrence Police Department have decided to release this composite again in the hope that anyone living or visiting in the Manhattan area or attending Kansas State University at the time may recognize the individual. It is important to remember that this sketch represents the subject’s appearance in October of 2000, and it’s expected for his appearance to have changed since then.
Anyone who may recognize this subject is asked to call Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). SMS Text tips are also accepted by sending a text to “CRIMES” (274637) and starting the body of your message with “TIP353.” Webtips are also accepted by visiting Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers online or www.RileyCountyPolice.org. Finally, Individuals can download the TipSubmit mobile app for both iPhone and Android operating systems and submit anonymous tips via the app. You do not need to leave your name when providing a tip, collect calls are accepted, and you may be eligible for a cash reward. For those living in the Lawrence area, we are asking that you use also use these numbers and resources when providing tips, as one point of contact will help us ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. In addition to any Crime Stoppers reward, an anonymous local donor has provided $10,000 to the Riley County Police Department to use as reward money for information leading to an arrest in these cases. For additional information about these cases please visit http://kansascollegerapist.com/.