Police search for valley rapist

18-year-old woman attacked in her home

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

Police are looking for a man who allegedly broke into a woman's Mendenhall Valley home and raped her over the weekend.

A 28-year-old woman, whose name was not released, said Saturday night a man entered her Jennifer Drive home while she was in bed and sexually assaulted her, according to a police press release issued Sunday.

Capt. Tom Porter said today he wasn't sure how the man got into the house or whether the alleged victim knew her attacker. He said he hopes to have more information on the case by Tuesday morning.

According to the press release, the woman said a man came in, put a towel over her head and threatened to kill her. He then assaulted the woman and left, police said.

The woman contacted her boyfriend who reported the incident to police. Police said the woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

Porter said he didn't know if the woman sustained any physical injuries as a result of the attack. Porter said it didn't look like the assailant was armed.

Police do not have any suspects or a description of the man, but the woman told police she may have seen him before, Porter said.

Porter said it doesn't appear that the weekend attack is linked to an Oct. 11 assault reported near Whittier Street. In that incident, a woman claimed she was raped as she walked from a downtown hotel, according to an Oct. 14 police press release.

Porter said it was too early in the investigation to tell whether the man who allegedly committed the rape Saturday was targeting the woman or randomly selected her.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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