An elderly woman made a terrible mistake by opening her apartment door after hearing footsteps around the corner only to be attacked and raped by a man.
Police have started a manhunt for the rapist who attacked a woman at her home on Russell Hill Road (pictured) in south London
The aged woman said to be in her seventies, opened the door to her home in Purley, south London around 7.50am on Wednesday thinking there was something nearby but a rapist was her least expectation.
Reports from the Metropolitan Police said, the accused forced himself through the doorway after the woman unlocked it. He thereafter assaulted and raped her before fleeing the scene.
Describing the rapist to police officers, the victim says he is about 5ft 8in; white skinned; with short brown hair.
The rapist is believed to have a Scottish accent.
It is also commendable that while the rape lasted, the woman was able to retain memories of what could be a good lead towards bringing the culprit in. In her explanations, “the rapist is believed to have a Scottish accent and a tattoo or mark on his neck.
The victim said, “her rapist has a circular tattoo on the left side of his chest.”
Specially trained detectives are supporting the woman while she helps with the investigation, officers said.
Detective Inspector Keith Ward, from the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said detectives were working around the clock carrying out door-to-door inquiries, gathering CCTV and speaking to anyone in the area at the time to identify the man.
“We are totally alive to the fact that an incident like this will cause alarm to people living in the area, and I would like to provide as much reassurance as I can that detectives are doing everything we can to arrest the suspect,” he said.
“We ask that anyone who recognises the suspect’s description contacts us as a matter of urgency. For anyone worried about doing this, I would reassure them that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and there are ways and means that innocent people put to us can be eliminated from our inquiries.”