Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Brianna Denison

Other Previous UNR Attacks

Brianna Denison
Brianna Denison
The December sexual assault had not been the only such crime committed against an area woman. At approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2007, a 21-year-old female UNR student had been walking through the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 400 block of College Drive when an unknown male approached her from behind and placed her in a choke hold. The attacker dragged the victim between cars, and at one point pushed her to the ground and groped her. She fought back, screaming despite the suspect's commands for silence. Apparently fearing her noise would draw attention, the attacker kicked the victim in the head and arm and then ran away, leaving behind a few packages of unopened condoms. DNA evidence from that assault was linked as well to the December assault and to Denison's disappearance.

Another earlier attack, which had occurred on October 22, 2007, against another female UNR student in a UNR parking garage, was also considered possibly linked to the other assaults. In that case, a UNR student had been raped in the parking garage. Detectives said that the circumstances of the assault and the attacker's method of operation were similar to the other cases, but the October case was not immediately connected to the others.

Reno investigators told America's Most Wanted the suspect appeared to be seeking dominance and power over his victims, escalating in the severity of his attacks. All of the female victims were similar in appearance: petite with long, straight hair.

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