Criminal profiler says he can help catch rapist

March 5, 2010 4:27:48 AM PST
A criminal profiler, who helped catch the DC sniper in 2002, says he has information that might help Fayetteville authorities catch a suspected serial rapist.Dr. Maurice Godwin says detectives need to talk with him. But authorities aren't saying much about their investigation.

Investigators with a regional task force set up to look into the cases met again Thursday, but said there is not much new information.

Police suspect seven attacks across the city and near Hope Mills are related. Each victim was home alone at the time.

"His time of his crimes suggest he works a day job, so he is out in the areas traveling with his day job," Godwin said.

Godwin says he thinks police are wasting their time if they are chasing a rapist.

"This guy is not a sex offender, first he is first a burglar," he said.

Fayetteville police aren't saying if 22-year-old Aaron Pernell is their man. The Fort Bragg soldier was arrested last month for two break-ins and one rape on Post.

Godwin says he thinks police need to be looking for a suspect who lives somewhere near, but not too close to one or more of the crime scenes.

"He is not going to associate with the crimes, so he is keeping a buffer zone in there not to draw attention to that area," he said. "There is something in there that keeps him away from that area, most likely his home or his work address location."

Whoever the suspect is, residents say they won't feel safe until they know he's caught.

"You get into your house and you just try and be safe, safe in the house, you don't be stirring around a lot," Truemaler Erwin said.

Fayetteville resident Janet Sexton lives in one of the areas where two women were attacked.

"It's really frightens me it really does, I've always felt safe in this neighborhood until this happened," Sexton said.

Godwin says he is working on a detailed profile and says once it's completed he'll offer it to investigators.

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