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Police Hope Billboard Will Help Catch Accused Rapist

April 12, 2007  | 

Police are hoping a new billboard will help them catch an accused rapist, reports KMBC TV.

The billboard features a sketch of a man accused of raping a woman a Kansas City, Mo., apartment complex in December.

Detectives said a 27-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Dec. 22 after a man broke in while she was apartment-sitting. The woman told police she woke up and a man was in her bedroom.

The new billboard is along I-29 near the site of the crime. Police suggested it, and Lamar Advertising agreed.

KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that Lamar started using billboards for crime-fighting when police were looking for the man who killed 19-year-old Ali Kemp. Now, the program has spread.

More than 50 cities across the country have begun using the tactic with success.

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