September 6, 2013 Dallas Texas (NBCDFW) Dallas police identified a person of interest Thursday night in the nine sexual assaults across the Fair Park area.
The Dallas Police Department’s Chief David Brown tells NBC 5 that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Alan Mason.
Mason is described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has been reported as wearing shorts and a T-shirt as well as prescription glasses that are oval-shaped and have gold rims. Police said the attacker always covers his face.
Dallas police say that neighbors received an anonymous tip from an individual stating that a person of interest needed to get out of town because of something he had done wrong. The person who provided the tip gave an address located in the area where the attacks have occurred. he man has attacked nine women in eight different locations in the Fair Park area. In one attack, he raped two women at the same location. Earlier in the day, police revealed that the ninth victim had come forward to report a rape that happened sometime in late July.
Bennie Jeffery stood outside the church with a sign that read “South Dallas Beware of Rapist/ First Arrested and The Last to be Notified.”
Jeffery said he was upset that residents weren’t made aware of the attacks until earlier this week even though the first rape happened in June.
“We get notified when there is a West Nile outbreak, we get notified when there was a measles outbreak, so it’s just appalling that the citizens weren’t notified earlier when this type of stuff was going on,” he said.
Many residents asked the same question. They wanted to know why the public wasn’t notified after the first attacks on June 22 and June 30.
“We got women that are devastated, and they’re not ready to talk to us, so we have to be on their time frame,” Deputy Chief Mike Coleman told the crowd.
Some resident were frustrated that they weren’t hearing specific plans as to what police are doing to catch the attacker.
“I want to hear what you guys have been working on as a plan for us so we can work together,” one man said.
Police told residents they have increased patrols and are using gang unit, mounted and even undercover officers in the area to try and catch the rapist. But police reiterated that they can’t do it alone.
“We can’t do this by ourselves,” Deputy Chief Sherrill Scott said. “Y’all live out in this neighborhood; we don’t. We want to help.”
The answers still don’t satisfy Shawnta Johnson. The rapist attacked her sister on Sept. 1. She feels that if police sent out a warning in June, her sister’s rape could have been prevented.
“We could have had some kind of alert that there is a rapist around,” she said. “Maybe people wouldn’t be walking late.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information the arrest and indictment. If you have information you can remain anonymous just call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).
In addition to a $5,000 reward from Crime Stoppers, Oak Farms has also pledged $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the attacker.
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