Police fear rapist used empty infant car seat in parking lot to TRACT motorist to stop so he could attack her
- Police search for sexual assailant after rape in Thatcham, Berkshire
- Officers said they were trying to figure out if the car seat was linked to the crime
- They said the rape caused understandable ‘anxiety’, but added they were rare
An infant car seat may have been used to lure a woman to a rest area, where she was raped by a stranger.
Thames Valley Police have launched a manhunt against the sex offender after the victim was abused in Thatcham, Berkshire.
Officers said they were trying to figure out if the car seat was linked to the midnight Monday attack.
They said the rape had caused understandable “anxiety” in the region, but added that “such offenses are extremely rare”.
Police will deploy more officers to the streets in the coming days in an effort to find the culprit.
Thames Valley Police have launched a manhunt for the sex offender after the victim was abused in Thatcham, Berkshire (general view from the road)
Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Alice Broad said: âThe investigation is proceeding at a steady pace to identify the suspect of this offense.
âThe victim provided a full account of the incident and is supported by specially trained officers.
âDue to the victim’s story, we are now able to provide further information to the public.
âWe can confirm that we believe the offender was not known to the victim. The victim was driving on the A4 before the offense occurred.
Officers said they were trying to figure out if the car seat was linked to the midnight Monday attack (general view shown)
âShe stopped her vehicle at the scene because she saw a child car seat in a parking lot and was concerned that a child was in danger because the car seat was empty.
âThames Valley Police are working to understand the importance of the child car seat and whether it relates to the offense.
âHowever, to ensure the safety of the public, we recommend that if you see anything on a road or on the side of the road that concerns you, note the precise location and call Thames Valley Police on 101. La force can then make appropriate checks.
âWe call on anyone with images or information to come forward. No matter how insignificant you think your information may be, please provide it to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers.
âWe would love to hear from anyone with footage, whether it’s a dashcam, cell phone, or CCTV, from the A4 at Thatcham between around 11pm on Sunday the 15th and around 12:15 am on Monday. August 16.
He added: âThis is a worrying incident which has naturally caused anxiety in the local community.
âHowever, such breaches are extremely rare and a full investigation is underway to identify the offender.
âYou will see more officers in the area and I urge you to speak to them if you have any questions or concerns you wish to raise.
âYou can also contact your local neighborhood team online or at 101â.