Neighborhood crime alert issued to Hill residents after recent s -

Neighborhood crime alert issued to Hill residents after recent string of crimes

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Police are searching for the man accused of grabbing a woman on the street at gunpoint and attempting to rape her in The Hill neighborhood.

It happened just after 9:00 Tuesday night on the 5300 block of Wilson, just down the street from several popular restaurants. The victim said she was walking home when she was grabbed by a man and dragged in between two houses.

She screamed, and a neighbor came to the rescue. The timing and location of the attack shocked residents, as the brazen assault happened out in the open. 

"It wasn't like the street was deserted, people were coming and going, I saw people walking their dog. It's very frequent that people walk their dogs here between 9 and 10 so it's not like it was a dead street, it's an active street," explained Sister Bridget Smith,a Hill resident. “We were so grateful the woman yelled and screamed. That saved her."

Sister Smith lives right next to where the attack happened. She was walking home from a concert when she saw her neighbor helping the victim.

“I’m not surprised this couple brought this woman into their home, supported her until police came, that’s The Hill for you,” said Smith.

The suspect took off running west down Wilson. About an hour later, there was a report another attempted rape at gunpoint on the 3400 block of Hereford. The second incident happened less than a mile from the first. 

“Investigators are working to determine if the suspect responsible for this incident may be responsible for any other incidents. The investigation is ongoing and we'll let you know of any updates,” said a St. Louis Police Department spokesperson.

The victim was unable to get a good look at the suspect. She tells News 4 she is thankful for the people who came outside and didn’t ignore her screams.

The two attempted crimes are part of a string of incidents that have Hill residents on edge. Recently, a victim was shot in the chest during a robbery near Sublette Park. That was followed by a deadly double shooting near the edge of the Hill. 

A neighborhood crime alert went out to residents on The Hill to warn them about the incidents.

“These are all very disturbing incidents and should make everyone realize the dangerous times we live in. During the Holiday season, it's safe to say we will see an increase in crime everywhere, not just in the City of St. Louis. Please take the necessary precautions to help reduce your risk of becoming a target of these criminals and know that our department is doing everything we can do to keep the community safe,” read the crime alert from neighborhood police.

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