Police ask for help after serial rapist attacks KU and K-State women

MANHATTAN, Kan. Authorities have new information about a serial rapist who is believed to have attacked more than a dozen women from 2000 to 2008 in the college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence.

Police from both communities were at a news conference Thursday morning in Manhattan to discuss an ongoing investigation into the rapes that terrorized the Kansas State and University of Kansas campuses.

A website, www.kansascollegerapist.com details the investigation.

It says each time, a person wearing a mask went into the victim's home, which was off campus. It usually happened between 2:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. while the victim was asleep. All but one time was during a break from classes.

Officers said victims lived in varied homes ranging from apartments to duplexes to single dwellings. Sometimes, officers said, investigators found where the person came into the home but other times it was unknown. Investigators said several of the victims said they locked their doors though there weren't signs of forced entry.

Investigators said there was reason to believe the person watched the victims before the incidents. In all but two cases, the victim was alone.

Police said the person was usually described as a white man between 5'9" and 6'0" with various descriptions of his build, weight and age. In the most recent description from 2015, the victim described him as a white man, approximately 5'10", heavier set, most noticeably around the stomach and thighs. Officers said several victims reported he had a large stomach. Investigators believe the person was at least 33 years old at the time of the 2015 attack.

The police departments said the person showed a handgun in most cases and threatened the victims to get them to do what he wanted. Investigators said the man had a limited use of physical violence during the rape itself, investigators want to be clear "these were all very violent acts carried out by an assailant who did so in a cold, calm, calculated manner."

An anonymous donor has given $10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Investigators ask anyone with information relevant to this investigation to call Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). SMS Text tips are also accepted by sending a text to “CRIMES” (274637) and starting the body of your message with “TIP353.” Webtips are also accepted by visiting Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers online or www.RileyCountyPolice.org.