Police intensify search for rapist - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Police intensify search for rapist


By Emily Luxen   

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two weeks after a woman was raped in Birmingham's southside, police are still trying to track down the suspect.

Sgt. Johnny Williams  said police continue to follow leads. They've increased patrols in the area, but have not made an arrest in the case.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect, described as a black male who is 6'2'' tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

Police say the victim was jogging between 6:30am and 7am near Altamont Road when the suspect attacked and raped her nearby. Two days later, the suspect approached another female jogger in the same area, but she got away unharmed. Word of both incidents has spread through the area. Other walkers and joggers are concerned.

"I don't walk home from class, I get a ride home, even if it is on campus," said Katie Johnston. "Anytime after dark, get a ride if you can or walk with one person or a group. Don't do anything alone."

"It's terrible it takes something like that to keep safety in the front of your mind," said Alana Camp, "But, it's good to stay on your toes and keep someone with you at all times."

Police are warning women not to walk or jog alone, not to wear earphones, to stay aware of their surroundings, and carry mace.
If you have any information on this case, you can call

Birmingham police at (205) 254-1764 or Crimestoppers at (205) 254-7777.

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