Plain Dealer: Columbus police see alarming rise in assaults by serial rapists

Here is yet another example of the sour irony that exists when law enforcement fails to protect citizens, yet opposes their right to protect themselves. What is made worse by this latest rapist is that he, like all criminals, ignores Ohio's laws, including the unconstitutional ban on carrying a concealed weapon.

"Detectives are frustrated by an alarming increase in serial rapists, even while the number of reported rapes fell 10 percent last year in the state capital.

Police have tentatively linked an unidentified man to five burglaries and three sexual assaults last month, which would make him the sixth serial rapist to hit the city last year, Sgt. Pat Foley said.

'One or two serial cases in a year would be a lot for us. We're all frustrated that we can't solve them,' he said."

Like other attackers, the man in the most recent incidents got into apartments through unlocked doors and windows. What makes him different is that he carried a black semiautomatic pistol and wore a mask or scarf, Foley said.

Another rapist struck six times near Ohio State University last year while a man has committed 19 rapes since 1992 on the city's east side. Those rapes have not been solved.

Three home-invasion rapes from August 2001 to June 2002 were linked to one man, who was never identified.

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