LAPD: Long-Sought 'Teardrop Rapist' Is Back
Police advise women to walk in pairs
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2012 7:21 PM CDT
This image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows a series of police sketches of a serial sexual predator.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

(Newser) – Los Angeles police had to issue an awful warning to women in the city today: Don't walk alone. A sexual predator known as the "teardrop rapist" appears to have surfaced again after a years-long absence, reports the Los Angeles Times. The assailant, thought to have at least one teardrop tattoo beneath one of his eyes, is blamed for 28 assaults since 1996, the latest coming in November.

The pattern of attacks is unusual because of two long gaps, one from 2003 to 2006 and another from 2006 until last November. Police unveiled a series of sketches created over the years, not all of which are consistent on the tattoo. DNA evidence has linked at least 11 of the attacks to the same man, generally described as a Hispanic of medium build who is probably in his 40s by now.