TOPEKA -- Attorney General Steve Six, along with the Riley County and Lawrence police departments, are warning Kansans to be cautious during Fall Break, citing concerns that multiple rapes in the Lawrence and Manhattan areas may be connected. K-State's Fall Break starts October 5th, while KU's Fall Break begins October 15th.
Law enforcement believes eight attacks in Manhattan and five attacks in Lawrence dating from 2000 to 2008 share significant similarities. There are similarities between the victims, time of attack and manner of attack. Several of the attacks occured while universities were on break.
"We're encouraging Kansans to take extra safety precautions and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement immediately," Six said.
In an effort to prevent crime, the Kansas Attorney General, the Riley County and Lawrence police departments are encouraging all residents to be vigilant in their efforts to exercise personal safety and report any unusual activity. When universities are not in session, apartments and other student housing areas are often targeted by criminals. For those who do not travel during the break, it is important they pay close attention to the activities surrounding their homes.
Law enforcement agencies are working to proactively identify criminal offenders and educate the public on how to avoid being victimized. Through coordination, law enforcement hopes to reduce the opportunity for criminal activity during this Fall Break.
To report crimes in progress call 911. For non-emergency assistance in Manhattan call (785) 537-2112 and in Lawrence call (785) 832-7509. Rewards may also be available through CrimeStoppers by calling (785) 539-7777 in Manhattan and (785) 843-TIPS in Lawrence.