Janesville PD Searching for Serial Rapist

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

At a Friday afternoon press conference, Chief Neil Mahan reads from a release, "his real intent becomes apparent, he is a rapist."

A rapist police have been tracking for seven years. They've mapped out six crime scenes.

Detective Marty Altstadt explains, "he often leaves the victim confused about whether the initial incident is burglary for items, or whether it is a sexual assault."

Victims report being raped in three of the cases. The other crimes are considered home invasions.

Despite that difference Altstadt says, "he does request items and cash and attempts to do that in a very specific way which is one of the things that tells us that the incidents are related."

The most recent incident is said to have happened on Green Valley Drive in Melissa Lornson's neighborhood.

"My husband works a lot of nights, and I am home alone with the baby a lot, so that is kind of shocking," responds Lornson upon hearing the news for the first time.

It is shocking because police say two victims can be found on her street. Dori Coplien also lives nearby, but feels differently.

"I am not worried at all," says Coplien. "When you look at the span of the time when this all started, I'm not sure if serial is the right word to use."

But serial rapist is how police describe their suspect, and they want people to lock doors and close windows at night.

"My home is in the vicinity of some of these victims. I'm giving the same kind of advice to my wife," says Chief Mahan.

Mahan has also ordered that 15 officers work these cases full time.

He says, "I'm optimistic that the community is going to respond, we are going to get the information that we need, and we are going to solve these cases."

The suspect is described as a man in his thirties with light colored hair and blue eyes, 5'9 to 6'0 with a muscular, stocky build. Anyone with information is asked to call the 'Stop the Rapes' hot line at 608-755-3146.

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