DALLAS - The search for a suspect in the sexual assault of a Lake Highlands woman on February 22 continues after testing determined DNA taken from the scene did not match suspect Fernando Munoz, said Major Jeff Connor during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Dallas police are investigating three sexual assault cases in which the victims were attacked inside their Lake Highlands homes. Two of the victims live on Ferndale Road and the third victim lives on the nearby street of Aldwich Drive.
As Chief Brown mentioned yesterday, we are re-doubling all of our efforts in the northeast area, particularly the Lake Highlands area, Connor said.
Connor said police have entered the DNA profile into evidence databases. Police also released a document in which case details and suspect descriptions given in each assault were compiled.
The news came a day after hundreds of concerned citizens met with officers for a questions-and-answers session Tuesday night in Lake Highlands.
It's just scary with everything going on, said homeowner D'Lane Maselunas. I just want to feel safe in my home.
The first rape was reported on Ferndale Road on March 15. In that case, the victim told police the attacker broke into her home at about 10 p.m. Three weeks later, another rape was reported on the same street. A third victim reported a similar attack at her home, located a few streets away, four days after the second rape.
The third case spurred lockdowns at a dozen schools in the area as police searched the area.
In a news conference Tuesday, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said descriptions of the attackers in each case were different. It's still unclear if one person is responsible for the rapes.
Police have set up a hotline for tips at 214-670-4415. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect or suspects in the cases.