New Tip Gives Cops Hope in Catching Arizona Serial Rapist

A man fitting the description of a serial rapist wanted for attacking five girls in Chandler, Ariz., was spotted on Saturday, giving police new fuel in their search.

A woman on Saturday said she saw on her lawn a man who fit the serial rapist's description, but police were unable to locate him after a six-hour search.

"We're going to regroup and focus our efforts on what to do with the information we received today," Detective Frank Mendoza told

"It's possible that the person just did a good job of hiding from us," he added.

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Five young girls have been assaulted since June 2006, with the latest occurring on June 8, 2007. Police believe the same man is responsible for the attacks in this city near Phoenix. The suspect is described as a 5-foot-6-inch Hispanic man in his 30s with a muscular build, black hair and a thin moustache.

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As of July, police received more than 1,150 leads, and the Chandler Police Department launched a Web site last month at in hopes of getting more tips.

A $25,000 reward was being offered for the serial rapist's capture.

Anyone with information was being asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4479 or Silent Witness at 800-343-TIPS(8477).

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