Suspected rapist on the loose
Posted by African Press International on February 27, 2007
*”Three women reported attempted rapes in Oslo over the weekend, and a man who tried to help one of the women ended up being stabbed himself. It’s the latest in a string of rape cases since December.
One of the attempted rapes occurred here, in Kirkegårds Gate near Sofienberg Park.
PHOTO: ROLF ØHMAN
All three women were attacked in Oslo’s popular Grünerløkka district late Saturday night while on their way home. As in earlier cases, one of the women was attacked as she unlocked the entry door to her apartment building on Trondheimsveien.
Her assailant, described by police as an “aggressive” man in his mid-20s, believed to be Somalian, drew a knife and forced her into the apartment she shared with several roommates.
One of them was home, and he woke up after hearing her screams. He rushed to her aid and was stabbed in the neck by the assailant, who then fled. Both the woman and her roommate were taken to hospital for treatment, where his stab wounds were not determined to be life-threatening.
The two other attempted rapes occurred nearby, on Jens Bjelkes Gate and Kirkegårds Gate, and police believe the same man was involved in at least one of them. Both victims escaped.
Oslo’s main emergency clinic, Legevakten, has handled 43 rape victims so far this year and police are warning women against walking alone late at night. They’re advising women to talk, or at least pretend they’re talking, in a mobile phone if they do walk alone. If they’ve taken a taxi home, police advise women to ask their drivers to wait until they’re inside their building before driving off.”*
By Nina Berglund
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