Serial Rapist Arrested
ANCHORAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Anchorage Police have arrested a serial rapist, charging him with multiple counts of sexual assault.
Detectives believe there are additional victims.
Over a five week period of time, beginning in late June, five women reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown Asian male after accepting a ride from him. In some of the cases, the suspect used a stun gun to force the victims into compliance. The suspect preyed on vulnerable women who walked alone, were intoxicated, and were primarily in the mid-town to downtown areas of Anchorage.
After picking them up, he would drive them to isolated locations in south Anchorage, assault them, and drop them off.
The victims provided a general description of the suspect as being an Asian male in a dark colored SUV.
APD Special Victims Unit Detectives Jean Dupuis and Foy VonDolteren got their strongest lead when one of the victims was able to identify a residence where she had been sexually assaulted. After developing that lead, detectives determined the identity of a potential suspect: Clifford Lee, 35, of Anchorage.
Patrol Officers and detectives from the Special Victims Unit and Vice began searching for Lee and his dark colored SUV.
On the evening of July 31, at about 9:15 p.m., Lee was located in his SUV in the area of Lois Drive and Northern Lights Blvd.
Lee attempted to flee from officers but was stopped in the area of Minnesota and Spenard Road and taken into custody.
Detectives interviewed Lee at APD headquarters and eventually charged him with 10 counts of sexual assault.
Detectives believe there are additional victims and urge them to come forward by calling police dispatch at 786-8900.
Lee was taken to the Anchorage Jail; his bail was $750,000 performance bond, $500,000 cash or corporate appearance bond, and a court-approved third party custodian.