Sex assault suspect wanted in sex assault of a child

Austin Police searching for serial rapist

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Austin police released a picture of Edgar Casas Tuesday. He's the man they think is connected to at least nine sexual assault incidents, one of them involving a 13-year-old girl. The picture was taken from a 2012 assault case that is still active.

LINK: APD flyer for Edgar Casas

Police describe Casas as dangerous and brazen.

"All of our officers that are on patrol have these flyers with them, they have photo of the suspect of Casas, and they are actively searching for him," said APD Senior Patrol Officer, Veneza Bremner.

Investigators familiar with the case tell FOX 7 that extra resources are being used to capture Casas.

Police say they're not sure if the 25-year-old is in town. But they remind women to not walk alone, rather, have another adult around. Police say that seems to deter Casas.

Remember, police have said the suspect attacked women who were with children in apartment laundry rooms or on nearby grounds.

A total of nine incidents occurred since mid-August, either near Highway 290 or North Lamar.

Katherine Stark with the Austin Tenants Council says those who live in apartment complexes need to watch out for each other.

"People need to be vigilant and watch out for one another, it's a community," says Stark.

Stark also says apartment complexes should notify tenants after a violent crime happens on the premises but they don't have to.

"They should be sending out fliers, at a minimum, and I recommend they send out a flier about meeting with their tenants," Stark said.

But Stark says, if tenants put safety concerns in writing, the Texas Property Code gives complex owners seven days to start addressing those security issues. Safety issues like a light out in the parking lot or a broken security gate.

"If you have a large property and the fence is down in a portion of it so people can get in, that's another safety issue," adds Stark.

Stark also warns the law is strict about breaking a lease. It's only for those involved in the actual crime. And the crime has to be family violence or sexual in nature.

"So the neighbor that lives next door or lives next door to the laundry room, can't necessarily get out of their lease," Stark said.

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