The 60 year old victim told investigators that the man was black, about 6 feet tall and had a muscular build. The case bears some of the hallmarks of about a dozen recent unsolved home invasions in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Police say the Sarasota Home invader is a white male who is sometimes mistaken for a black man because of the way he talks. He wears gloves, long-sleeved shirts and a mask.
The attacks have taken place in the morning, afternoon and evening, and most of them have been in middle class and well-to-do neighborhoods. This description of the Siesta Key attacker differs somewhat with what other victims have claimed, in the other 10 Home Invasions, we had descriptions of the masked man as white or light skin Hispanic, about 6"0" tall, 175 lbs, 35 to 55 years of age, dark hair, muscular build and he used the same M.O., break in, tie up victim then beat and/or rape. In one Sarasota case, Georgeann Smith was tied up and beaten to death. In another, an elderly woman was sexually battered.
But the question arises, again and again, how does the masked man know who is in the house, how does he know that there is a single middle aged woman in the house, where does his info come from ? If the Siesta Key attack is number 11 in Home Invasions for the masked man then there is a very serious problem for the Sarasota -Bradenton area with a serial attacker on the loose targeting single middle aged women and he knows where they live !
The Sarasota-Bradenton "masked man" must also have some computer internet savvy as he has been able to attack only homes that appeared to list a middle aged woman living alone, he is picking up information somewhere on who lives in the homes he attacks as to age, gender, race, medium income, number of occupants, etc.
See my post of Monday 9:17 AM, May 25, 2009, NO HOME INVASIONS IN SARASOTA SINCE THE HERALD TRIBUNE POSTED A MAP ON APRIL 21st SHOWING THE ATTACKS WITH PROCTOR RD AS THE CENTER POINT.
It appears the Sarasota Home invader has expanded his territory away from the center point of Proctor Rd and attacked again, less than 24 hours after I posted the above article, he hadn't attacked a woman since April 20th, 35 days ago.
All of the Sarasota Home Invasions are still North of Clark Rd aka Stickney Point Rd and South of Webber St. with the Whispering Sands condo attack on Siesta Key the furthest West attack and the Osage Terrace attack off of Beneva Rd the furthest East attack with Proctor Rd still the center point.
The Whisperning Sands condo attack is almost dead on due West of Proctor Rd in Sarasota Fl. Murdered Georgeann Smith on Jo-An Drive, April 5, had attended the Bee Ridge Baptist Church on Proctor Rd in Sarasota.
Is the Sarasota masked man, the coward who attacks middle aged woman living alone in their homes, following the stories about himself in the Sarasota Herald Tribune and online, what's next does he start contacting the local newspapers like the Zodiac killer did in San Francisco ? I know I'm still watching areas around Proctor Rd.