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Neighbors Fear Unknown Enemy

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The unsolved case of two sexual assaults committed against the same woman in a week has created fear among her neighbors. Residents of the street, Móabarð, in Hafnarfjörður, near Reykjavík, are surprised that not everyone on the street has been questioned by police, Vísir reports.

Police are still looking for the suspect, but his description is very vague. The first time he attacked the woman, he got her to let him in by pretending to be there to read the meters, but the second time, almost a week later, the woman was alone for the first time since the attack, her husband having left for half an hour.

One neighbor pointed out to Fréttablaðið that there are few places to hide around the house to spy on the woman. That would be easiest for a neighbor to do, he said, which is why the neighbors are surprised they haven’t been questioned by police.

The situation is tense in the neighborhood and many people feel insecure. One of the residents commented, “People are prepared. They’re loading their shotguns.”

Árni Þór Sigmundsson, head of the Greater Reykjavík Police sex crimes division, asserted that they’ve been talking to people, but wouldn’t express himself any further regarding questioning by police.

“We’re working on the few clues police have received,” he remarked.

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