(AK) four attempted rapes in last five weeks on same bike trail


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spacemanspiff
July 1, 2003, 01:00 PM
http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/3389501p-3420280c.html

By PETER PORCO
Anchorage Daily News

(Published: July 1, 2003)
A man on a mountain bike attacked a woman Monday morning on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

The woman was uninjured, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. The man came up from behind and grabbed her but the woman screamed and broke free of his grip and he fled, Shell said.

Police tried to find the attacker but could not.

This was the fourth such attack in five weeks. A suspect was arrested late last week in connection with one attack, which occurred May 30 on the Chester Creek trail east of Westchester Lagoon.

Walter B. Kenworthy, 33, was charged with sexual assault and is in custody at the Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Police on Saturday said they are also investigating Kenworthy in connection with a May 23 attack on a 17-year-old girl on a bike trail near the Whaley School and a June 6 attempted sexual assault of a 52-year-old woman in Town Square Park.

Two of the three victims have identified Kenworthy as the man who attacked them, police said, and officers are trying to find the third. Kenworthy was in jail when the latest attack occurred, they said.

The incident Monday happened about 8:35 a.m., Shell said.

The woman was jogging alone on the Coastal Trail near Lyn Ary Park in Turnagain, headed toward downtown, Shell said.

"She saw a man on a park bench (along the trail) and felt uneasy about him," Shell said. The woman continued jogging. "Later this guy comes up (riding) behind her and grabs her."

The woman screamed, however, and pulled free, and the man took off on his bike, Shell said.

Police described the man was as being between 27 and 35 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall and heavyset. He has curly, dark, shoulder-length hair and was wearing a blue-and-white long-sleeved button-up shirt, blue shorts and blue tennis shoes, Shell said.

In each of the other three attacks, the victim was on a trail or in the park alone. Police have warned trail users not to be out alone unless it is necessary.

"An attack has occurred every week for the last four weeks," Shell said. "And we have one person in custody, and it looks like we have another attacker out there. All is not safe in the city."



in none of the newspaper articles regarding these attacks, nor on the local tv news interviews, has anyone advocated the use of deadly force to thwart such an attack. in fact, one agency (STAR, i think) said its up to the individual to determine what will give them the best chances of survival, even if it means surrendering to the attacker. :barf: :barf:

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foghornl
July 1, 2003, 01:05 PM
Nothing deters a would-be rapist quite like 5 or 6 extra thoracic cavity venti-ports of say .355/.357/.451 diameter.

willyjixx
July 1, 2003, 01:17 PM
ouch:what:

Greg L
July 1, 2003, 01:37 PM
Sounds like it is time for the PD to send out a few of it's female officers one at a time to go trolling for this guy. Either to get him off the street (trail) or under the ground.

Greg

Cosmoline
July 1, 2003, 01:39 PM
Frankly I would carry on that trail, even without a CCW. There's a "wildlife" exception to the concealed carry law, and both bear and moose frequent the area. APD has completely and utterly dropped its various balls. This is not the first string of attacks to go unsolved.

A quality guard dog would also be nice, or even a lame one with a good bark.

spacemanspiff
July 1, 2003, 01:49 PM
the one suspect in custody for the may 30 attack, walter kenworthy? hes on the sex offender registry for one sexual assalt back in 89, and an attempted sex assault in 99. odds are that there are many more he has never been caught for, but with three attempts in just a few short weeks, maybe he'll be put away for a longer time.


if a person were to spend some time down on those trail, walking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, you know, for exercise, is that considered 'vigilantiism'?
when i was younger, i would skate or bike those trails any hour of the day. the trail was never completely deserted, there was always a few others out for some exercise.

pale horse
July 1, 2003, 02:22 PM
There is a trail in town that has similar problems over the past 15 years, I live a quater mile from it. When I go out for my evening walk I always take a friend and his buddys. There have mainly been drunks and some druggies, but none have posed a problem yet. I like to make sure the neighborhood is some what safe for people to walk in without fear of being mugged. CCW is a good thing.

CZ-75
July 1, 2003, 02:24 PM
hes on the sex offender registry for one sexual assalt back in 89, and an attempted sex assault in 99. odds are that there are many more he has never been caught for, but with three attempts in just a few short weeks, maybe he'll be put away for a longer time.

It doesn't sound like he's very good at being a sexual predator, though. You would've expected an experienced rapist to have actually committed rape in one of these instances. I'd say the guy is so inept that I'd only expect that he'd be able to victimize young girls if he's attacked anyone since his parole, since they're easier to dominate than adults.

Zundfolge
July 1, 2003, 02:28 PM
Frankly I would carry on that trail, even without a CCW.

Cosmoline, no need for a CCW ... Alaska now has "Vermont Style" CCW :D

spacemanspiff
July 1, 2003, 02:32 PM
this state has the highest number of sexual assaults in the nation. that is to say, the highest number of REPORTED sexual assaults. the majority of them are never reported to law enforcement.
thats why i said, the odds are that this predator HAS attacked many others and never been caught or identified as a suspect.

with that said, the women who use those trails for running, biking or whatnot, are certainly not weak little pushovers. its too bad they arent all armed though. these attacks would have been resolved a long time ago if they were carrying.

Standing Wolf
July 1, 2003, 08:59 PM
Two warning shots to the center of mass, followed by two more warning shots to the head should encourage him to see the error of his ways.

JohnKSa
July 1, 2003, 10:04 PM
It doesn't sound like he's very good at being a sexual predator, though. You would've expected an experienced rapist to have actually committed rape in one of these instances. I'd say the guy is so inept that I'd only expect that he'd be able to victimize young girls if he's attacked anyone since his parole, since they're easier to dominate than adults.
Unfortunately, if he's not caught, he'll learn from his mistakes and get better at it.

Travis McGee
July 2, 2003, 12:49 PM
I hope he's shot before he gets better at this. Shot and killed.

tommytrauma
July 2, 2003, 01:17 PM
Two warning shots to the center of mass, followed by two more warning shots to the head should encourage him to see the error of his ways.

I'd like to read a victim statement that says something like "I fired one warning shot, striking the perpertrator in the forehead and causing him to cease and desist all criminal activities."

blades67
July 2, 2003, 02:27 PM
Would a "bill drill" center mass be too much?:neener: :evil:

M1911
July 2, 2003, 04:45 PM
this state has the highest number of sexual assaults in the nation.I'd heard that Alaska has a high crime rate overall. What is it that drives the crime rate up there?

TallPine
July 2, 2003, 05:08 PM
I'd heard that Alaska has a high crime rate overall. What is it that drives the crime rate up there?

They used to say that there are only two things to do in Alaska - one of them is fishing and the other isn't :D

In the winter you can't fish.

Captain Bligh
July 2, 2003, 11:46 PM
I ride a secluded bike trail that has long segments between entry/exit points. From where I get on the trail, it is six wooded miles until I can get off again. I worry about something happening when I'm three miles from help or an exit point. On the same trail I see women jogging alone. I always wonder about the risk they are taking. My safety equipment on every ride includes a replacement inner tube, a cell phone, and a handgun in a fanny pack.

Ironbarr
July 4, 2003, 12:45 PM
With AK going Vermont style, why isn't there a better carry mentality? Sounds like fertile ground for a 2A Sisters chapter.

Ladies? Where art thou? Or is it that the AK "powers what am" aren't that interested - or is it something else???

Keith
July 4, 2003, 02:28 PM
Alaska has "high crime rates" in certain narrow categories. Those are almost all related (in some fashion) to alcohol.
Here in the small town of Kodiak, for example, the police blotter is filled every week with assaults, "mutual combat" and domestic battery reports, with booze involved in every one of them.
Yet, at the same time people don't lock their doors because burglary is almost unknown. You can leave your keys in your car while you shop. There's never been a hold-up or a mugging in all the years I've lived here.

Part of the problem is that our native people just don't handle alcohol very well - I'm sorry, but it's true. Most of the sexual assaults (again, I'm sorry, but it's true), happen in small villages between people who know each other or are even related, and involve gross consumption of alcohol by both parties.

The other (or contributing) problem is that Alaska is very libertarian in its alcohol laws (as in everything else). Bars and liquor stores are open 24 hours a day

AND you have a sort of frontier mentality - seasonal workers who come to Alaska and figure they can go wild, which in many ways they can...
Come to the Mecca Bar in downtown Kodiak on any summer saturday night and you can witness any number of bar brawls between drunken fools. The police come and haul them away and it's registered as "assault and battery" - which I suppose it is.

Keith

Cosmoline
July 4, 2003, 02:43 PM
There's no doubt about it--drunkenness is a major part of the problem. Introduce cheap, strong liquor to a people who haven't been exposed to anything stronger than slightly fermented berries for the past 10,000 years, and it's like throwing a match on gunpowder. Add to that the blankety-blank outsiders who come up here and "sew their oats", and you've got nothing but problems.

Actually, this is VERY topical. I write this from The Butte, where folks from Anchorage and the Valley all converge to sew THEIR oats on the 4th, getting drunk, setting off illegal fireworks, setting old cars on fire, and generally behaving badly. The police have finally promissed to crack down this year. We shall see.

Chugach
July 4, 2003, 10:21 PM
If you're in Alaska, please be aware of the timeline of the new law. Even though we're going "Vermont-style", the law doesn't go into effect until 90 days after Gov. Murkowski signed it. That means September sometime (I'll track down the exact date).

Also, municipalities like Anchorage can still set their own carry regulations. Those municipal regulations may conflict with and override provisions of the new state law, so there is still some confusion about exactly what the new law means.

In other words, check the local laws thoroughly between now and September.

The bike trails here in Anchorage are not safe when you're alone. I wouldn't be on them, male or female, without being armed.

Chugach
July 4, 2003, 11:55 PM
Bill was signed on Wednesday, June 11. Law should then go into effect no later than Wednesday, September 10.

HadEmAll
July 5, 2003, 12:53 AM
"Sounds like it is time for the PD to send out a few of it's female officers one at a time to go trolling for this guy. Either to get him off the street (trail) or under the ground"

Seems like if the local PD really gave a darn, they'd have already done that.

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