Apartments work to protect tenants from predator - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Apartments work to protect tenants from predator

Artist's rendering of the attacker. Artist's rendering of the attacker.
Artist's rendering of the attacker. Artist's rendering of the attacker.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Mid-South apartment complexes are working to protect tenants from a man wanted for raping at least four women across West Tennessee.

Twice in Cordova, a masked man attacked and raped two separate women. Witnesses helped police sketch of the suspect, best described through his big belly and sharp blue or green eyes.

He is still on the loose.

''I would advise everybody to look at their surroundings, the places that they have to frequent, and go to develop a safety plan that includes lots of elements," Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center manager Betty Winter said.

One local apartment complex is asking residents to be careful by passing out flyers that say, "the purpose of this letter is to inform you, not alarm to you."

The flyer includes the sketch of the "big-belly" rapist and a series of awareness guidelines.  For instance, always lock your doors, do not walk alone at night, and be aware of your surroundings.

"Trust your instincts, and if something inside of you says this is not a right situation, figure out first how to get out of that situation as safely as possible," Winter said.

Winter says rape victims are not to blame, and it could be a victim who ultimately helps solve the crime.

"Getting to law enforcement, getting that forensic exam done within that time frame so that evidence can be collected is critical for the prosecution of those people that do this crime," she said.

You can watch our complete interview with Betty Winter in the video player on this page.

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