SAPD issues warning of rapes, robberies

Crimes have happened around I-10 between 410 & Huebner

SAN ANTONIO - Five reports of robbery and sexual assault along the I-10 corridor between 410 and Huebner Road have San Antonio police warning women to take extra precaution.

Chief William McManus said the attacks have been happening between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. 

The first attack was reported on September 1 and the most recent was on October 17.

According to the police report, the attacker is approaching women, armed with a handgun, demanding that they hand over their purse.

With the exception of one of the reports, the attacker sexually assaulted the women.

"We're not ready to say that it's a single person, doing this at this point," said Chief McManus. "Descriptions have ranged from a white male to a Latin male, from 5'8" to 6 foot."

Mireille Villarreal, who lives in the area, said she's always been aware of her surroundings when she leaves her home or when she's getting out of her car, but now that police are warning women who live in her neighborhood about the crimes, Villarreal said that makes her uneasy.

"I think that it's kind of scary," said Villarreal. "I go to work everyday, 5, 6 in the morning. So, it's kind of scary to know that you're going to go to work and you are going to find someone else waiting for you."

Tanya Garza, who also lives on the northwest side, said this is the first time she's heard about this attacker.

"My heart is racing right now just thinking about the possibility of someone assaulting me, walking from my car to my apartment." said Garza. "It's very scary."

San Antonio police are asking women:
• Always be aware of your surroundings, and the people who are around you.
• Avoid walking alone; either walk with someone, or walk in areas where others are near.
• Stay in well lighted areas, away from alleys, bushes, and doorways.
• Avoid shortcuts through alleys, parks, vacant lots, or other deserted places.
• Walk in the middle of the sidewalk facing traffic.
• If the driver of a car stops and harasses you, walk in the opposite direction.
• If you are walking to your car in a parking lot, and anything makes you feel uncomfortable, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS, go back in the store. Get someone to walk with you to your car.
• When you approach your car, check the back seat and under the car.
• Have your keys in your hand. Enter the car, lock the doors, and drive away. 
• Do not sit in the car in the parking lot and check your packages.
• If you have a cell phone, carry it with you when walking or driving and be prepared to use it to call for help. Know what numbers to call and be prepared to give your exact location to the emergency operator.

Police are asking anyone with any information on this attacker, to please call Crimestoppers at 224-STOP.

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