The latest victim in a series of similar attacks on women in a Derby neighborhood is the same woman who was raped in the first of the three attacks, Police Chief Robert Lee confirmed Tuesday.
This time, the woman suffered cuts. The suspect — as in an attack last month on another woman — had a knife, Lee said.
The assailant used an unlocked front door to get into the woman's house.
"I want to make it very clear that the victim is never to blame for a crime like this," Lee said.
Still, he said, he wanted to remind people to take basic precautions, such as locking doors and using adequate outdoor lighting, although two of the three attacks have occurred during daylight hours.
"This person has not used any elaborate method to get into anyone's homes," Lee said. "He has simply walked through open or unlocked doors."
The three attacks have occurred since March in the Glen Hills addition. In the second crime, a woman was assaulted by an intruder in her garage.
Lee said he understands that people in Glen Hills, off of Rock Road, are "very concerned." But there are staffing and resource limitations, even as Derby police have continuously investigated the attacks and increased their presence in the neighborhood, he said.
"It's a neighborhood; it's not a fortress,'' Lee said. "People have a right to go and enter that neighborhood."
He added: "Obviously, we would love to have an arrest in this case. ... But I have not heard criticism of a lack of effort from the Derby Police Department in trying to solve these crimes."
The man in Monday's attack is described as having a medium build with brown eyes, wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a black ski mask.
Lee said he wants the public not to hesitate to report anything out of the ordinary.