State College police investigating potential serial rapist, community concerned

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State College police are investigating several related rape cases.

“It’s definitely like I feel like even as a woman it’s kind of always something that’s in the back of your mind. So to know that it’s something that’s been going on for years now, and no one has been found and not any leads — it’s definitely very concerning,” Penn State student Duneshka Cruz said.

Police said the rapes occurred in August 2010, January 2011, April 2011 and most recently July of last year. Police said the first three cases have a lot of similarities. All of the victims were Penn State students under 21, and the rapes happened in the early morning hours. 

In the most recent report, the girl told police she was approached by a man with an accent, who pushed her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her. 

DNA testing shows it is the same person in all four cases.

“It’s concerning but at the same time it’s like it is what it is. You have to like protect yourself. You have to be like with other friends,” Penn State alum Monica Rsarias said.

State College police are urging residents to stay vigilant, especially in the early morning hours.  Officials also said to walk in groups or pairs along lighted walkways.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State College police. 

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