The FBI is working with Ohio and Pennsylvania police to find a man believed to have attacked 10 women and girls he may follow home from school buses. An attack Tuesday on an 18-year-old woman in Ohio’s Ashtabula County fits the pattern of nine previous assaults in two years.
The Associated Press quotes FBI agent Bob Hawk in Cleveland as saying that the man knocked on the door carrying a package and asked the girl for directions. When he determined that no one else was at home, the man forced his way inside where he fondled her. “She was very upset and terrified and fortunately she fought him off and he left,” Hawk said. “I don’t think it was a random thing. Maybe he just happened to see her while casing school bus stops.”
The first known attack by the suspect was northeast of Cleveland in April 2001. After two northwestern Pennsylvania girls were attacked this spring, FBI agents used a national crime-matching database to link the attacks to the Ohio ones. The FBI in Cleveland and Pittsburgh have formed a task force with local law enforcement agencies in the case.