New Info Sheds Light on Suspected Serial Rapist's Crimes

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

We have new information about an alleged serial rapist.

News 3 has obtained court documents that state Frank Powell targeted young women near College Station bars. The Bryan man left clues and evidence behind.

It's this evidence police say may connect him to even more crimes.

Powell allegedly targeted two young women who both were at college station bars the night he raped them.

The first attack happened on Crepe Myrtle early last month. Court documents state the woman had been asleep for about an hour when she allegedly woke up to Powell, 36, pulling on her arm and flashing a light in her face.

According to police, Powell said he would shoot the woman if she touched him. He covered her face and then raped her. Court documents state Powell used protection and latex gloves, possibly so evidence would not be found at the scene.

Just days later, Powell confessed he struck again, this time on Lincoln.

He allegedly woke the woman up and gave her two options. One was to kill her. The other was to rape her. After Powell sexually assaulted the woman, he made her brush her teeth, apparently to destroy evidence.

Powell obviously tried to cover his tracks, but it wasn't enough. He was arrested yesterday morning when he tried to break into an apartment on Central Park Lane.

According to court documents, he was carrying blue latex gloves, condoms, a flashlight and a screwdriver, the same supplies police say Powell used in the other crimes.

If the resident had not heard him at her window, police believe he would have raped again.

Police tell us evidence has been sent for processing. Area police departments are looking at whether Powell is connected to other unsolved sexual assaults. Bryan police say they are definitely looking at their cases to see if Powell may have played a part in those crimes.

According to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, one in five women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime, along with one in 20 men.

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