CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – A year-old rape case and a rash of residential burglaries are still unsolved in Coral Gables, more than a year after the first case was reported.
In an effort to raise awareness, police are re-releasing some vital safety information.
“We don’t have any leads. So, we’re kind of wanting to refresh the resident’s mind,” Coral Gables Police Officer Kelly Denham.
But some people say they were unaware of any crimes in their seemingly quiet neighborhood, between Zamora Avenue and just north of 8th Street east of Le Jeune Road.
Naylen Ramirez, who lives in the Neighborhood, said she doesn’t know about any of these cases.
While others say they’ve heeded police warnings and added extra security.
“I have a camera,” said resident Olga Samudio.
Women, especially, are told to be on the lookout for a man resembling one in a sketch police handed out.
Police said he raped a woman last year, and believe he’s also responsible for breaking into women’s homes between midnight and 5 a.m., sometimes even touching them, before running away.
A map created by the police department shows 13 separate incidents in the north side of the city. They believe the same man is to blame for six of those crimes.
But that’s not all.
“We have forensics that connect the sexual assault that happened in June 2014 with two of the city of Miami cases,” said Denham.
Police in Miami have said they’re dealing with a person with a similar MO.
Cops handed out flyers in the Flagami area a few months back. Officers did the same in Coral Gables not long after.
But some people say it’s time to get the word out, again.
“They should post stuff everywhere, for people especially that work and live here,” said Jessica Perez who workings in the neighborhood.
“We want them to remain aware. We want them to lock their doors and lock their windows. And then call the Coral Gables Police Department if they see anything suspicious,” said Denham.