Anchorage police say they have serial rapist in custody

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Steve Quinn, Reuters

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

JUNEAU, Alaska - A 35-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with raping five women and police said on Wednesday they expect more victims to come forward.

Clifford K. Lee remains in an Anchorage jail in lieu of $750,000 bail plus other conditions connected to any potential release. He faces 10 felony sexual assault charges connected to the five alleged assaults, according to online court records.

"These were random victims," said Anchorage Police Lieutenant Anthony Henry. "He saw an opportunity and he seized that opportunity."

Henry declined to say what the common thread was among the five assaults or offer details of the charges.

But he said Lee is accused of using or threatening to use a stun gun against three victims, and that's what triggered suspicions of a serial rapist.

"Two incidents with a Taser, maybe that's a coincidence," Henry said. "When we had the report of a third victim, we were relatively certain we had a serial going on."

Police said between late June and late July five women reported being sexually assaulted by an Asian man after accepting a ride. The man took them to isolated parts of town and raped them.

Interviews with one of the victims helped them identify Lee as a suspect, police said. Police took Lee into custody late July 31 and arrested him the following day.

On Tuesday, police said they suspected there may be more victims.

"I do think there has been one, maybe two, more who are thinking of coming forward," Henry said.

Henry said he believes Lee lived in Washington state for an undetermined time, and once police learn more about that residency, investigators will reach out to authorities there.

 


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