Anchorage police have suspect in five rapes

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police believe they've solved a serial rape case involving five attacks on Native women over the last six months.

Gregory Poindexter, 30, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with 14 counts of sexual assault, three counts of kidnapping and one count of assault.

At first, police were reluctant to conclude they were on the trail of a serial rapist, but they said there were a lot of similarities.

All five were walking within eight blocks of 13th Avenue and Gambell Street in the early morning, after the 2 a.m. bar closing. All of them had been drinking in bars in that area and were intoxicated, according to police.

Three of the women were offered rides, while two others were forced into the man's vehicle. After the assaults, four were dropped off downtown.

The first case was Aug. 31. The most recent case was Jan. 25. In that case, the rapist repeatedly struck the woman in the face, and her wounds required stitches.

Poindexter was after vulnerable women, not Natives, according to police.

He was being held in Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility on $100,000 bail Monday.

He had been in jail since last month on a domestic violence charge.

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