Investigators on Wednesday announced a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of the "Hilltop Creeper."
Law enforcement officials have hunted the Creeper, a man known to sneak into women's homes and stand over them while they sleep, for weeks.
He has struck 19 times, touching women inappropriately in six cases.
All of the incidents occurred on the west side in the Hilltop or Franklinton neighborhoods between December and August.
Westside resident Rose Driscoll said that the threat of the Creeper is far from over, even though no reports of incidents have been received in more than a week. She said that she would not let her guard down.
“I think there’s someone out there casing the neighborhoods and knows when people are home and not here,” Driscoll said.
Investigators said that they were confident that they would catch the creeper.
“One of the things that we have been doing, when we have developed a suspect by name, is we have been able to check the arrest records of people who are incarcerated during the times of any of the crime that has allowed us to possibly eliminate folks,” said Sgt. David Pelphrey of the Columbus Division of Police.
Driscoll said that she hoped police would catch the Creeper soon.
“I just hope they catch him. I really do,” Driscoll said. “So he won’t hurt anybody. That is what I’m afraid of.”
Anyone with information should call the Sexual Assault Unit Tip Line at 614-645-2438.
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