Man caught for raping 11 women
By Kim Rahn
A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping at least 11 women in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province.
A local court issued an arrest warrant for the suspect surnamed Kim on Saturday.
The unemployed man with a minor mental disease allegedly raped 11 women in their teens and 20s between Dec. 28, 2007, and May 6, 2010. It is claimed he entered the women’s homes by telling them he was a gas inspector and threatened them with a knife before assaulting them, according to police.
Two of the victims were at elementary school and six were middle school students at the times of the attacks.
Kim’s serial rapes were uncovered after he was caught after an unsuccessful assault.
In the morning of July 26, he tried to rape a college girl by breaking into her house under the guise of a gas inspector but failed and fled. Police caught him and sent his DNA sample to the National Forensic Service, and it showed he was suspected of 11 other rapes in the city between 2007 and 2010.
“Kim at first denied the allegations despite the positive DNA test results. But now he is saying he doesn’t remember what he did because he has mental problems. He says he wants to get therapy and has asked us to send him to a forensic psychiatry institute,” a police officer said.
“But we don’t think his mental challenge can be considered as he plotted the crimes carefully, covering the victims’ eyes with clothes and wiping their bodies with wet tissues after raping them to destroy evidence,” he said.
Noting that he has lived in Seongnam since March 2007 when he was released from prison after serving 30 months for rape, police are questioning whether he committed any additional crimes, possibly between March and December that year.
“He allegedly committed 11 rapes until May 2010, and attempted one in July. It is possible that he committed more crimes during the interval, so we’ll look into investigation records of sex crimes that happened in the region during the period and for which offenders haven’t been identified,” the officer said.