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SRJC attempted rape still unsolved

Students and staff at Santa Rosa Junior College have left for winter break without a resolution in the Nov. 10 case of an attempted rape of a staff member on campus.

Maintenance crews have installed peep holes on office doors and changed a lock in Burbank Auditorium where the attack occurred. Theater department staff members and others have learned self-defense from a karate instructor.

But Santa Rosa police say the unknown attacker may still be at large, although they are awaiting state crime lab tests to see if a Sebastopol man might be a suspect.

Officers said they found few solid leads after a man assaulted the SRJC staffer in an office in the back of Burbank Auditorium. The crime lab has yet to analyze evidence from the scene to determine if it is connected to Odalis Solano Rosario, 27, who was arrested Nov. 17, accused of trying to rape a pregnant neighbor.

"Right now we don't have any particular person we're looking into," Sgt. John Snetsinger said. "It's a who-done-it case."

He said detectives are waiting for the crime lab's results.

"We're not putting our eggs in one basket or any basket at this point," he said. "We follow any leads we get. Honestly, these things take a long time to pan out."

Cases without suspects are top priority when criminologists consider what evidence to process first, said Jill Spriggs, director of the state Bureau of Forensic Sciences.

"You want them off the street, so you do them first," Spriggs said.

She would not comment on when the SRJC evidence would be analyzed.


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