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Manhunt for Brutal Rapist Underway

Police Suggest They Have Clear Leads in Brutal Rape of Russian Woman in Jimbaran, Bali

(10/14/2013) Bali Police continue to intensively investigate the brutal rape of a 26-year-old Russian women, identified only with the initials MT.

The assault on the woman took place dueing daylight hours at the woman's rented residence in Jimbaran on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Her assailant reportedly dropped a piece of pavement from the roofline while the Russian was washing clothes in her backyard, striking her on her head.

The Russian who suffered a serious head injury was dragged unconscious into her empty house and savagely raped.

The Bali Post says the assailant, believed to be acting on his own, made his escape through the front door of the house but did not steal his victims hand phone, laptop or purse that were all left intact in her bedroom.

The woman was eventually discovered by a friend and rushed to the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua where she remains under intensive medical care for a variety of injuries sustained in the attack.

Police from the South Kuta Police Precinct, backed up by additional investigators from Bali Police Headquarters’ Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Unit have combed the residence collecting evidence to lead the capture of the perpetrator.

Police have also  questioned some 15 witnesses who were in the area of the house at the time of the crime.

Four days after the incident police had yet to make an arrest. The chief of the South Kuta Police Precinct, Nuriatha, told Radar Bali: “I ask for your prayers and your blessings so we can capture the perpetrator. I also ask your patience for now.”

A Clear Lead

Nuriatha told the press that police are pursuing a clear lead in the case, which they are unable to share with the police or the public at this time. Adopting an optimistic tone, Nuriatha urged the public to be calm.”

The man in charge of South Kuta police would not confirm if the woman’s assailant was still in Bali or had left the island. “We can’t say where he is. If we say he is in Bali, he will leave the Island. If we say he has left Bali, he will run further,” Nuriatha explained.

Nuriatha assured the public that the case would be brought to a successful conclusion and the assailant arrested. Police are now waiting for the Russian woman’s condition to improve sufficiently to allow police to question her about the assault.