March 10, 2006
Charlottesville Police are investigating a rape that allegedly took place at the corner of 5th and Dice Streets early Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning at about 3 a.m. a 31-year-old woman was walking home from her job when police say a man approached her, knocked her to the ground, and then sexually assaulted her.
"Before she could turn around she was taken to the ground by what she could describe as a muscular black male. Interestingly enough, this individual called her by her first name. She couldn't see his face,"said Police Chief Tim Longo.
Police say the man then sexually assaulted the woman, and then fled the scene. The woman continued home and then went to the UVA Medical Center for treatment. Police did not receive a call until almost 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Longo said it is not unusual for a victim to wait several hours before calling for help. "There are issues of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty that come about in the aftermath of a very traumatic incident like this," he explained.
At this point, police are unwilling to speculate if this was the work of the serial rapist. "We don't have a physical description necessarily to be able to draw those [conclusions]. Really it becomes more of a forensics case," Longo said.
Stanley Terry lives on the corner of the busy intersection. He says the area had some trouble in the past, but has cleaned itself up.
"Sad to say I did hear some lady scream Wednesday night but I didn't pay any mind because there is usually a lot going on that time of night on the street," said Terry.
"There are no bad people on the street that I know of. Most of the trouble that does come through here doesn't live in the neighborhood. It's a pretty nice neighborhood," he continued.
As for the investigation, the suspect was wearing a mask and hood, making it hard for the victim to get a good description. Police are counting on DNA evidence to possibly crack the case.
"We are awaiting the results of her examination to see if any forensic evidence may have been recovered that could help move this investigation forward," Longo said.
If you have any information about this crime, police ask that you call Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000.