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Dallas police seek rapist who speaks with unusual dialect

Police in Dallas have asked the public to help catch a serial rapist who speaks with an unusual Spanish dialect while assaulting victims at apartment complexes, sometimes after scaling the outsides of buildings to reach upper-level balconies.

There have been at least three assaults since December, but police said Tuesday that they're awaiting forensic evidence that could confirm a fourth.

The assaults have occurred on Dec. 23, 2007, Jan. 5, April 1 and Monday. The locations have been in the uptown area which is north and northwest of downtown Dallas, said Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, police spokesman.

"The victims were in their apartments when the male suspect entered the residences through a sliding door or window," police said in a news release. "Victims were awakened to see the suspect next to their bed.

"The suspect speaks a Spanish dialect not from this area."

Investigators have had difficulty pinpointing the accent, but they know it's not Mexican or Tex-Mex, Janse said.

"It's not the normal Spanish dialect we hear around here," Janse said. "We can't say it's Puerto Rican or Colombian or whatever."

Victims said the man had weapons -- sometimes a gun, other times a knife -- but none of the victims received serious bodily injuries, police said.

The man is also athletic.

"He's not just making entry on ground levels," Janse said. "He's scaling the sides of buildings using gutters and fences to get the balconies."

Police urged residents to make sure all windows and doors are locked, even on upper levels.

Victims said the man is about 30 with dark skin and a medium build. He is about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about him can call detectives at 214-671-3584.