Apr 14, 2014 9:36 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - A midtown man is behind bars after a string of sexual assaults, near 22nd and Craycroft. Tucson police aren't releasing his name but they do say he's responsible for two of the four cases they've been investigating.
He was arrested late Friday night, and Monday at 3:00 p.m. the TPD crime lab came back with DNA tying him to the last week's attack.
Capt. Mike Gillooly tells News 4 Tucson, "I'm happy to report that we feel we have a predator off the street." A predator who police say used a weapon to sexually assault the women in the area of 22nd and Craycroft.
Capt. Gillooly says, "I can tell you he has previous arrests and convictions for sexual assault, and has done time in prison for those assaults."
Without knowing who the man is, two women tell News 4 Tucson, they are being extra cautious. Amannda Bickel says, "It's a little nerve racking to be walking around by yourself not knowing if you are really safe or not." Bickel and Holly Beaubouef live in the area. They say they are traveling in pairs, and staying inside as much as possible. They are also making sure they are aware of their surroundings.
Bickel says, "I look around before I go and get into my car. I make sure I lock my doors before I drive away."
The Pima County Sheriff's Department and Oro Valley Police Department offer free Rape Aggression Defensive training class known as RAD. Deputy Tracy Suitt is one of the instructors. He says this class empowers women. "It gives females the tools they need to protect themselves in the event they should become a victim of an attack," says Suitt.
It's a 12 hour course limited to 20 women. They learn different techniques, such as being accosted from the front or back. "They are very simple moves, that they can use that have to be practiced but not like they are going to karate class over and over," Suitt says.
The class was designed by a man so that women can protect themselves including his grandmother. "He wanted to do something simple so his 80 year old grandmother could do these moves and escape an attacker," says Suitt.
Capt. Gillooly says the composite matches the man they have behind bars. He also adds, they should have this case wrapped up within the next few days. Gillooly warns everyone to always be aware of their surroundings.