The identity of the man and his daughter are being kept strictly confidential. The following information is being released with his approval:
“My daughter was taken at knife point and beaten and raped two weeks ago by one of these (African American) out of towners who have moved in and taken over. The police do have a suspect and the case has been handed over to the county attorney, but at this time he is still walking the streets. I saw on mugshots… where another girl was sexually assaulted and the assailant got away. (A Mason City police investigator) is in charge of that case as well as my daughter’s. My fear is that the ‘person’ who raped my daughter will get a slap on the wrist with little or no time, that’s the way it works around here unfortunately. I saw a piece you did where the Mayor said ‘Don’t be afraid of snitchin.” Well, my daughter did, her assailant is still walking the streets, she’s scared, and other girls are still being assaulted in this town. I ask if there is a possibility of doing a story like this in the near future because my daughter’s case isn’t finished yet, he hasn’t been arrested, and I don’t want to be accused of hindering their investigation. It’s my understanding that he has raped many girls before my daughter, it’s just that everyone is terrified of the guy. I guess he is one of the more intimidating (African Americans) that have come to town. So if writing a story like that would be possible I think it would do some good. ”
The Mason City Police Department was asked for information on sexual assaults in Mason City and they did not comment.