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East Alabama investigators search for serial rapist

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Wanted poster for suspect in connection with rapes in Talladega and Calhoun Counties. Wanted poster for suspect in connection with rapes in Talladega and Calhoun Counties.
ANNISTON - AL -
East Alabama sheriffs are trying to find a man who raped two elderly women 12 months apart in two different counties.

The governor's office has a $10,000 reward available to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

Investigators said the man raped an 82-year-old woman in Calhoun County on July 15, 2012.  Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said a man also raped a 67-year-old woman in Talladega County on July 28, 2013.  Similarities in both sexual assaults led detectives to determine it is the same attacker in both cases.

Kilgore and Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson said they need the community's help to identify the man and arrest before another assault happens.

"We know that these types of sexual predators don't just do this one time, they don't do it once or twice.  They do it until they're caught," Sheriff Amerson said.

Amerson said the women described their attacker as a black male between five-feet six-inches and five-feet eight-inches tall, and weighs about 200 pounds.  The suspect in both crimes drove a white car.

They believe he targeted his victims in advance, but investigators do not know why.  He followed one home from church and the other home from a shopping center.

"The person seemed to have no fear that nobody else was around, leading us to speculate that the perpetrator knew where he was going and knew something about the victims," Amerson said.

He believes there may be other instances that went unreported by victims.  Investigators said the attacker may also have followed other potential victims home where his planned sexual assault was thwarted.

The man took some personal items from the Calhoun County home and some money from the Talladega County home, but investigators said burglary was not the motive.  They said the man was there for the purpose of sexually abusing his victims.

In the Talladega incident, he acted as a door-to-door salesman selling books.  Investigators advise not opening your home for door-to-door salesmen or anyone you don't know.

"If someone comes to your door, approaches you at your residence or anywhere that you don't know, lock the door and call us," Sheriff Kilgore said.  "We're supposed to feel safe and secure in our homes and to achieve that goal we have to lean on each other."

If you have information, contact Crime Stoppers at 256.238.1414.  You do not have to leave your name to be eligible for the reward.

You can also contact the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 256.236.6600 or the Talladega Sheriff's Office at 256.761.2141.
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