Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson’s department had been investigating the rape of an 82-year-old woman on Oak Grove Road in north Calhoun County July 15, 2012, for nearly a year when Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore’s department received a similar case involving a 67-year-old woman in Munford.
“Our investigators have worked intensively with one another, sharing information and leads,” Amerson said. “One thing we have come to a conclusion on is that both of these crimes were committed by the same person. There are a number of similarities in how each crime was perpetrated and how the person carried them out.”
Amerson speculated the potential exists for more rapes that may have gone unreported during the 378-day window between each crime.
“We are also concerned that there may be other victims,” Amerson said. “It’s not unheard of for people to become a victim of a sexual crime and be reluctant to come forward. We’re trying to get your assistance and the public’s assistance to help us solve these cases.”
Kilgore concurred with Amerson’s assessment and urged any potential victims with information to contact authorities immediately.
“One concern we have due to the statements of the victims is that we believe this may not be the only time the suspect has perpetrated crimes of this nature,” Kilgore said. “If there are any other victims out there who may have encountered something like this or may have information, please come forward and help us get this guy in custody and in jail where he belongs.”
In both cases, the victims identified the suspect as a black male, approximately 5-feet 6-inches to 5-feet 8 inches tall, weighing at least 200 pounds, who left the scene in a white car.
The sheriffs determined the suspect followed both victims to their rural residences before carrying out the rapes.
“This person seemed to have no fear that someone else was around, leading us to speculate the perpetrator knew where he was going or knew something about the victim,” Amerson said.
The suspect also took personal items and money from each victim.
“We’re working this case night-and-day, continuing to follow the leads,” Kilgore said. “We’re going to keep doing that until there’s a resolution.”
The sheriffs announced that Gov. Robert Bentley has issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.
Individuals with any information may contact the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department at 256-236-6600, Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414 or the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department at 256-761-2141.