Suspected serial rapist caught - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Suspected serial rapist caught

A lot of women in East Louisville are relieved that an accused serial rapist has been arrested and formally charged in court.

Police arrested Mark Layne Adams, 48, for having stolen property. And they matched his DNA with DNA found at the crime scenes of five East Louisville homes.

"I'm relieved that he's caught," Marci Tabor, a Chamberlain Lane resident, said. "I feel much safer."

Tabor's former next-door neighbor is an elderly woman who says she was attacked by a man who police released a sketch of. His look has changed over the years.

Detectives say the "East-End serial rapist" who terrorized women since 1996 is Mark Adams, of Pekin, Indiana.

Why did he allegedly travel all the way to East Louisville to commit his crimes? Police believe he once lived in the area, so he's familiar with it -- specifically, Douglass Hills and neighborhoods off of Chamberlain Lane, outside the Gene Snyder.

Police say Adams victimized women from a large age range: 40s to 70s.

"It's my view and it's even some of the victims' opinion that he's been looking at their houses or he's even... some of them even think he's attempted to get in their house or has been in their house before," LMPD Det. Mona Sullivan said.

Police say Mark Adams targeted the same woman in the same house on Chamberlain Court twice in 2006, then last year. But neighbors say she has since moved out.

Most of the victims told police similar things about their attacker.

"Possibly smelled of smoke, how he entered through the house, to be honest with you, some of the things he said to the victims," Sullivan said.

Detective Sullivan says Adams usually tried to break in through a back window when he thought a woman was alone.

"I felt ok moving in, and then the day that I moved in, the daughter of the lady that lived next door came over and told me kind of what was happening," Tabor said. "I thought, ugh... I got pretty scared."

Adams is in jail on a $1-million bond facing 21 charges, from burglary to sodomy and rape.

Detectives believe there are more victims out there who have not come forward, so they're encouraging those victims to call police to be part of this case.

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