CLEVELAND - Cleveland police are investigating two similar rape cases where the suspect reportedly used a recording device while committing the crimes.
According to Cleveland police documents, a 34-year-old victim reported being raped on Jan. 29 around 5:30 a.m. in the area of W. 72nd Street and Snyder Avenue.
According to the victim, she was walking to catch the bus when a man pulled up alongside her in a gold mid-sized vehicle, pointed a gun at her and ordered her to get in the car.
Police said the suspect then drove the victim to W. 69th Street and Denison Avenue where he reportedly raped her. During the incident, the suspect told the victim to "look at the light and turn her head" because the suspect was recording the crime with a phone or some sort of camera, police documents noted.
The police report said the suspect told the victim he picks up women all the time in the Lorain Avenue area and even shot one in the leg who didn't listen.
In a second incident, a 20-year-old woman told Cleveland police that on Jan. 30 around 9:15 p.m., she was walking home from the store in the area of Whitmore Avenue when she heard someone running behind her. The woman turned around to a gun pointed at her head.
The man reportedly made the woman walk at gunpoint to a vacant dark field where he then raped her, police said.
During the incident, the suspect told her to turn around and pulled out a white iPhone to record the crime. The victim was told to look up towards the camera during the sex crime, police said.
Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Cleveland police or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.
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