Reward offered, new video released in effort to ID rape suspect

Sex Crimes Detectives Seek the Public's Help in Identifying Rape Suspect - NEW VIDEO
Police hope this new video will help the public identify the suspect. (Source: Cleveland Division of Police)
Police hope this new video will help the public identify the suspect. (Source: Cleveland Division of Police)

The Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit has released new video of a suspect involved in a rape as investigation continues into what happened on Sept. 2 around 5:25 a.m. on West 104th Street near Lake Avenue.

Police say a 46-year-old female was jogging on West 104th when a male ran up and attacked her from behind, knocking her to the ground in the street. The suspect then punched the victim several times in her face and body and pistol whipped her before dragging her behind a building and raping her. After, the suspect fled the area on foot.

The new video shows actions prior to the initial attack. Although police say the time stamp on the video is incorrect, the victim is seen disappearing from view as she passes a tree. There is a lapse in visual, due to the obstruction of a tree, and the camera system being activated by motion. (Mobile users click here to watch the video:

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'6" – 5'7" tall.

On Aug. 31 there was a rape in Lakewood. While officials cannot confirm this is the same suspect, Joe Frolik with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office says there are similarities, such as the time of the incidents. Lakewood Police, Cleveland Police, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office are investigating in tandem.

Anyone with more information regarding the identification of the suspect is asked to contact the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at 216-623-5154. Anonymous information can be given to CrimeStoppers by calling 216-252-7463. You can also text TIP657 with your message to 274637.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $2,000 reward in the case. In addition, the running group "Mothers Run This Town" has donated an additional $1,000 to CrimeStoppers, raising the award total to $3,000.

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