Police brief parents on south Phoenix serial rapist case

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PHOENIX – Police assured a crowd of between 150 to 200 community members that dozens of officers and detectives are working to hunt down the suspected serial rapist targeting girls in south Phoenix.

Police say three girls, ages 10, 12, and 17 years old have been sexually assaulted by the same man over the last few months.

Each time the girls have been walking to or from school. Officers say the suspect drags the girl to an abandoned home, where he assaults her.

South Mountain Precinct Commander Chris Crockett told the crowd to allow their children to carry phones or whistles and to avoid letting their kids walk alone or linger in front of abandoned homes.

Police say they only have a vague suspect description. They're looking for a black male between the ages of 15 and 20 years old who is between 5 feet 8 inches tall to about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs between 110 and 160 pounds.

The victims say he has a deep voice and short hair. Officers say the girls' young ages and the trauma involved in the attacks has made it too difficult to get enough detailed information to create a composite sketch.

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.