Crime & Courts

Derby to hold meeting on safety

DERBY — A woman sexually assaulted by a knife-wielding man in her garage Wednesday suffered minor injuries caused by the weapon, an official said.

"We're certainly treating this as a very serious crime," Derby Police Chief Robert Lee said.

The disclosure of the injuries from the knife is among additional information that Lee provided about the attack.

It was the second sexual assault in the same Derby neighborhood in less than two months.

The Derby Police Department is hosting a community meeting to provide information about security, personal safety and crime prevention. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the Derby Welcome Center, 611 Mulberry.

The latest attack occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Glen Hills Addition, a newer neighborhood off Rock Road.

Lee confirmed that although the woman was alone in the garage when the intruder sexually assaulted her, while threatening her with a knife, other people were in the home.

The first attack in Glen Hills occurred in late March at a home where the attacker came in through an unlocked front door, Lee said. That attack involved a rape.

The latest attack involved what would be categorized as a sexual battery, he said.

Investigators have been trying to determine whether the two crimes are related. The attacks occurred in the same neighborhood — 200 to 300 yards apart — and descriptions of the attacker's clothing are similar, Lee said.

In the latest attack, the suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin to medium build and wearing a black ski mask, black nylon jacket, tight black jeans, black high-top tennis shoes and black gloves.

Lee said the public has provided information that could help with the investigation. Authorities have asked anyone with information to call the Derby Police Department, 316-788-1557, or Derby Crime Stoppers, 316-788-TIPS.

The Derby attacks don't appear to be related to a similar crime reported in southeast Wichita early Wednesday, said Wichita police Lt. Randy Reynolds.

In the Wichita incident, at a home in the 1200 block of East Boston, an intruder reportedly cut a door screen, entered the home and demanded sex while holding a knife.

He left when a woman yelled at him, police said.

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