The attack on an elderly woman on Feb. 28 in Moody has been linked to other attacks on elderly women in Central and South Texas over the past year by the Twilight Rapist.
Tom Vinger, media spokesman for the Austin office of the Texas Department of Public Safety told KWTX Tuesday that investigators had identified several pieces of evidence that indicate the same man committed the attack in Moody and several other attacks on elderly women.
"I can't discuss details of the evidence, but there are pieces of evidence that my investigators say link the attack in Moody to the serial rapist," Vinger said.
He would not say if DNA was a key in establishing the link.
"I never like to talk about cases that are linked by DNA," he said.
Friends said the woman walked out of her bedroom on Feb. 28 and came face to face with a nude man who ordered her to get on the bed.
Instead, friends said, she kicked the man and locked herself in another room.
The intruder evidently feared she was using a cell phone to call police and fled.
Friends said she hid in the room for what may have been several hours until she was sure the man was gone.
The Twilight Rapist remains the subject of an intensive, multi-jurisdictional task force investigation and a specific suspect has not yet been identified.
Task force members include the DPS, Texas Rangers, the FBI, U.S. Marshals, crime analysts, the DPS crime lab and the DPS criminal investigations division.
"Texas Rangers and local authorities are investigating the Moody incident," Vinger said.
However Moody Police Chief Dennis Rabbe told News 10 Tuesday his office was not involved in the investigation and that he had not been informed of any connection between the attack in his city and the serial rapist.
The attack in Moody is the most recent reported attack of eight sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults attributed to the Twilight Rapist.
The same man is believed to be responsible for as many as four burglaries or attempted burglaries.
The victims all have been women who lived alone and ranged in age from 65 to 91.
Attacks have occurred in Bell, Falls, Caldwell, Leon, McLennan and Yoakum Counties.
The suspect has been described as a young man, thin, with dark skin, and 5-feet, 6-inches to 6-feet tall.
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