Cold Case Files: The Sorority Attacks

Who's targeting members of Delta Sigma Theta?

Between November 2010 and October 2011, four African-American alumnae of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority were attacked in their own homes in Plano, Coppell, and the Denton County community of Shady Shores. Three were raped. 

Police had enough evidence needed to make an arrest—a DNA sample, video showing physical features, and eyewitness accounts. Yet they could not find a suspect. As the sorority celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2013, its members remained on high alert, since the man who attacked their alumnae was still not in custody. 

The suspect—described as a black man in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds—remains at large. He identified himself as “Jay” or “J” to one of the victims, but police are unsure if that is a nickname. They haven’t ruled out the possibility that the man has left North Texas.

Many experts, however, say it’s probable he’s still here. Since there has been no DNA match, he doesn’t appear to be in the system and is likely a fairly law-abiding person who has a job and is going about his business. Because he knows personal information about his victims and has shown compassion, like calling one victim a week later from a pay phone to check up on her, he may be too invested to disappear.

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