Suspected College Station Serial Rapist Arrested

College Station residents are breathing a sigh of relief. That is because an alleged serial rapist is behind bars.

College Station police say Frank King Powell of Bryan was arrested early Monday morning after he tried breaking into a College Station home.

Police believe Powell, 36, was trying to get into an apartment to rape a woman inside.

Following his arrest, police say Powell confessed to two sexual assaults that we first told you about in February.

The first crime took place on Crepe Myrtle and the second on Lincoln.

Police say the incidents were similar, both times Powell broke into a home and sexually assaulted a woman inside.

The latest incident happened this morning on Central Park Lane. Police say a resident heard Powell outside and alerted police.

Powell has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, burglary of a habitation and evading arrest. He is being held on a $2,002,500 bond.

The arrest has caused many College Station residents to let down their guard.

Marla Bailey lives only a few doors down from where Powell allegedly struck.

"We saw that the police were all over the place and they had crime scene tape around and we know something had happened," Bailey said. "We were going around and checking the windows and making sure we had our locks."

Just days before, Powell raped a woman on Lincoln, he allegedly committed the same crime on Crepe Myrtle.

"It's pretty much one of the worst fears and that's what keeps us going," College Station Police Department Detective David Fallwell said. "It's quite rare for a stranger to pick somebody out random and sexually assault them."

In most rapes, police say the victim knows the attacker. In any case they say to be cautious and take a few precautions.

"You always want to lock your doors and the main thing be aware of your surroundings and if you see something suspicious, report it because if something doesn't feel right it probably isn't," Fallwell said.

Police say other law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Powell may be connected to other unsolved rape cases.

That is why Marla Bailey isn't letting her guard down.

"We still need to be concerned, people do bad things," Bailey said.

Including these latest two incidents, there have already been 13 sexual assaults reported in College Station so far this year. In 2007, there were 61 reported rapes, and 43 in 2006.


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