Transgender women among those targeted by north Austin sex assault suspect

FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Detectives are asking possible victims, or people who may know possible victims, of attempted sex assault and sexual assaults in the Georgian Drive area of north Austin to come forward. The department says two of the three known victims are members of the transgender community.

Since October 2016, the department has received reports of the assaults around Georgian Drive, just off East Rundberg Lane and North Lamar Boulevard. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Wahab Thejeil, is in custody. Police said he had a specific pattern of targeting women late at night and in the early morning hours and may have even been looking for transgender females who were possibly prostituting.

Before Thejeil had a vehicle, police said he would attack the women in dark areas of the neighborhood. After he had access to a car, he would begin to offer the victims rides the would request sexual favors. When the victims refused, detectives say he immediately became violent and assaulted them, sometimes using weapons.

Detectives believe there are other victims who have not reported Thejeil’s attacks going back as early as January 2016.

The three cases that have been connected to the suspect in question occurred on the following dates and locations:

  • Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 around 1 a.m. at 8300 block Georgian Drive
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 around 4 a.m. near East Walnut Drive and Georgian Drive
  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 around 4 a.m. at 8100 block Georgian Drive

Thejeil’s photo will not be released by police until all tips have been received and investigated. Anyone with information about the attacks should call the Sex Crimes Tip Line at 512-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

According to Travis County Jail records, Thejeil was arrested and booked on June 27. He is currently facing four charges.

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