Police Release Video Stills of Suspected Sparks Rapist

SPARKS, NV - Sparks police are looking for a man who robbed and sexually assaulted an 85-year-old woman in her apartment Friday night.

It's a crime which has angered and shocked her neighbors.

"It's a helluva crime," says 72 year old Joseph Caporali, who lives just down the street from the victim.
"She's a nice lady," he says, adding I'll tell you what I'd do. Them guys would never go to court. I'd kill them. I'm telling you that now and I would do it."

Others are concerned. They say the neighborhood around the 1600 block of I Street, near Sparks High School is usually quiet, but it's also dark at night.

"I'm angry," says Richard Ramirez, who lives across the street from the victim's apartment. "I wish they'd catch these persons."

Ramirez says he's too worried to let his wife walk to the store alone.

Details of the case indicate it was not a random act. The woman had apparently just returned from a local casino and was getting ready for bed. Her attacker had apparently already entered her apartment through a window and was apparently lying in wait.

The man was described as an young Hispanic male in his mid-20's to earlym 30's with dark hair, a thick Spanish accent and wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans with what may be some sort of logo on the pockets.

"It's our belief he may have had to have watched her pattern or known something about her to have targeted her, " says Sparks Police Sergeant Greta Woicheiowsky. "We don't know what that is."

But that, Woyciehowsky says, should be a caution for this neighborhood and any other in the county.

"It's very, very important if anyone has what we call 'hot prowls'. They hear something. The look out their window and see someone in their backyard or someone lurking in the neighborhood that they call the police and report," she says. "that could potentially be our suspect in this case or maybe somebody that's prowling for opportunity or prowling for a similar circumstance."

Secret Witness has posted a $2,000 reward for information leading to the attacker's arrest and prosecution. Their number is 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous while collecting cash rewards.

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