Law enforcement officers need help from the public to identify criminal suspects. Reporting crime is one of the obligations of citizens who wish to make their communities safer. Sometimes, pieces of information that seem insignificant can lead to an arrest. Law enforcement officers working the East Area Rapist case remain persistent in their efforts to identify and arrest an individual who victimized area residents for 10 years. This case demonstrates how citizen cooperation may finally help to bring justice to the community.

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1. How may the pattern of these crimes be used to help identify the perpetrator?

2. Describe how the use of new technologies such as DNA evidence might increase the chances of solving these cases.

3. In what ways might social media be employed to help keep the public aware of these cases?

4. Is it possible that someone close to this offender may be aware of his actions and is experiencing ethical conflict in not reporting him?