Nacogdoches sheriff fears rapist may strike again

Thomas Kerss
Thomas Kerss

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - It's been just over three weeks since a Nacogdoches County woman was kidnapped, repeatedly raped. And dumped on a deserted county road.

She survived the ordeal, but the rapist is still on the loose.

"Odds are, sooner or later, it will reoccur. He will at least make other attempts," said Sheriff Thomas Kerss.

The sheriff knows a rapist's dangerous craving for power and sex are satisfied by his last attack. The memory is haunting for the victim. It's a fix for the attacker.

"That memory of this offense typically is living in their mind and they're still living off the excitement they committed," said Kerss. "At some point when that diminishes to a point it's no longer satisfying to them then they start planning their next crime."

Law enforcement officers don't really know when this person is likely to strike again. It could be weeks. It could be months. The attack could be bolder than the last.

"The more often one has committed this crime the more violence it requires to get that adrenaline that they're looking for," said Dr. Karren Price, a criminal justice professor and former district attorney.

"I know if we don't find this guy pretty soon he's very likely already out trying to pick out who his next victim is going to be," said Kerss.

The advice to be aware should not be taken lightly.

"Pay attention to who is around you as much as you're paying attention to where you're going and what you're doing," said Price.

"He's just like a wild animal on the prowl. He's hunting his next victim or soon will be, if he's not found," said Kerss.

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