ABC 2 News is reporting that a 13 year old girl was dragged off the street and raped in a vacant home in the 800 block of N. Caroline Street. None of the homes in that block are listed as Owner-Occupied in state tax rolls, and of those homes — 14 are owned by the City. The rest are owned by LLC shell corporations, and only three are owned by individuals. From the article:
“Someone’s responsible for having that house boarded up. It should not be open like that at all… at all,” said Lena Thomas.
Someone is indeed responsible, and I hope the person responsible for this vacant is held equally accountable as the rapist, when caught. Rape is almost always a crime of opportunity, and had this thug not had an easy-access vacant in which to drag his young victim, perhaps he would have gone elsewhere.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5 foot 3, 180 pounds, mustache, and wearing dark clothes. Anyone who encounters this thug should call 911 immediately.