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WOMAN STABBED IN SEX ATTACK; MOTORIST ACCEPTS RIDE AFTER CAR RUNS OUT OF GAS.

Byline: Lisa Mascaro Daily News Staff Writer

A man stabbed a 32-year-old Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969.  woman and tried to rape her late Sunday after offering her a ride when her car ran out of gas in the middle of town, police said.

Officers said the assault is not connected to a serial rapist rap·ist  
n.
One who commits rape.

Noun 1. rapist - someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse
raper

aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
 who has attacked seven Simi Valley women, usually in their homes, since 1996. But it is a reminder that even residents of the nation's safest city need to take big-city precautions precautions Infectious disease The constellation of activities intended to minimize exposure to an infectious agent; precautions imply that the isolation of an infected Pt is optional, but not mandatory. .

``There is no connection at all between this incident and the rapes and attempted rapes that have occurred,'' said Simi Valley police Lt. Neal Rein. ``The sexual assault may be similar, but that's where the similarity Similarity is some degree of symmetry in either analogy and resemblance between two or more concepts or objects. The notion of similarity rests either on exact or approximate repetitions of patterns in the compared items.  ends.''

The woman suffered a collapsed lung and was in stable condition at Simi Valley Hospital Simi Valley Hospital (SVH) is a Seventh-day Adventist hospital located located in Simi Valley, California. SVH is a member of Adventist Health. New Construction
Simi Valley Hospital is in the process of building a new wing to the hospital.
 on Monday, police said.

Police said the woman had car trouble at an undisclosed address late Sunday evening and a passer-by offered to give her a lift. The woman accepted, and the suspect drove her to a building site in the 80 block of Wildlife Drive, where he demanded sex.

The woman resisted, and a scuffle ensued. Stabbed and fleeing her assailant, the woman screamed for help in the upscale neighborhood, where new homes are under construction and some families have already moved in.

Police recovered a small knife, believed to belong to the victim, at the scene. It was unknown if the assailant was injured in·jure  
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.

2. To cause damage to; impair.

3.
.

The attempted rape was the ninth sexual assault in Simi Valley so far this year, and at least one incident has been attributed to a serial rapist who has assaulted five women and raped two since 1996.

In those cases, the rapist enters homes, usually through an unlocked window or door, and has been known to assault his victims while other members of the household are asleep nearby.

Police continue to investigate leads in the case of the serial rapist, whose attacks are sporadic sporadic /spo·rad·ic/ (spo-rad´ic) occurring singly; widely scattered; not epidemic or endemic.

spo·rad·ic or spo·rad·i·cal
adj.
1. Occurring at irregular intervals.

2.
 and who has gone up to six months between incidents. They have questioned more than two dozen suspects, some of whom have submitted biological samples for DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
DNA
 or deoxyribonucleic acid

One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.
 comparison to those found at the crime scenes. While some suspects have been released new ones have come under scrutiny, police said.

``We're still actively pursuing the case and submitting biological samples,'' said Lt. Ken Tacke. ``Unfortunately, I can't tell you we've narrowed it down to one subject.''

The serial rapist last struck March 22, when he raped a 15-year-old girl in her home while relatives slept nearby.

Simi Valley reported 15 rapes and attempted rapes in 1997, more than any east county city except Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. , which reported 19 in 1997.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department The Ventura County Sheriff's Department (VCSD) provides law enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, California, USA, as well as several cities within the county. The cities that VCSD serves are Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, and Thousand Oaks.  reported 30 rapes and attempted rapes in 1997 in the east county cities of Camarillo, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, up from 17 in 1996. In 1997 there were seven in Camarillo, four in Moorpark and 19 in Thousand Oaks.

Simi Valley also saw an increase in rapes and attempted rapes over the past two years, from 12 in 1996 to 15 in 1997, police said.

Police cautioned that even in Simi Valley, the nation's safest city according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 last year's FBI crime statistics, residents need to use caution.

That means locking windows and doors at night, especially in the hot summer months when criminals prey on open homes, and avoiding strangers, police said.

SAFETY TIPS

Even in the nation's safest city, where residents may feel safe enough to ask a passer-by for help, Simi Valley police offer these safety tips for when your car breaks down on the road:

Don't accept rides from strangers.

Call for help if a telephone or call box is nearby. If there's no friend or family member available to help you, call the Police Department at 583-6950.

Sit in the car and wait for help. Police patrol all areas of the city, including the least developed, and will probably eventually pass by.

Lock all doors and use the horn or other signal devices to notify passing police of your trouble.

If you must walk for help, try to wait until daylight hours.

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