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Unidentified Teardrop Rapist Still Attacking Women After 16 Years

He has been implicated in up to 35 different sexual assaults. There are 9 composite photos of him, which admittedly vary greatly sketch to sketch. DNA has definitively linked him to 10 of the assaults. He's only about 5'2'' and is in his 40s, reports NBC Los Angeles.

With all of that information, and his diminutive size, he shouldn't be that difficult to identify after 16 years of assaults. Yet, we still have no idea who the Teardrop Rapist is.

The nickname comes from a tattooed tear, or two, under one of his eyes. The tear is a tattoo, often associated with gang members, that indicates that either the wearer lost someone close to them, or they killed someone. However, it has also become a pop culture fad and often is simply a fashion statement.

Composite Sketches

The most recent attack by the Teardrop Rapist happened at 5:30 a.m. on June 15th. The rapist approached a woman, started small talk with her, and then forced her into an alley with a gun. He fled when a car entered the alley.

He has followed the same procedure for most, if not all, of the attacks. In 33 of 35 attacks, the victims were Latina women.

The suspect has been described as:

  • Hispanic male
  • 40 to 55 years old
  • Brown eyes and brown hair
  • 5'2'' to 5'6''
  • 130-170 lbs.

The City of Los Angeles is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

Tips should be emailed to or via phone at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247)

The California Three Strikes Law could send him to prison for life if he is identified and convicted. The Three Strikes Law mandates severe sentences for repeat offenders, including a longer sentence for second strikes and a life sentence for a third offense.

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